Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Zeynab Ali: The secret suffering and depression that comes with being a survivor

This interview is part of an ongoing editorial series. Each segment highlights a woman in the Wisconsin community. The stories are intended to share personal struggles, public achievements, and the social complexities with their Muslim identity. As a first generation college student from a Somali family that fled to Kenya during the horrific 1991 civil war, Zeynab Ali sees the term “refugee” to mean being a survivor. She was a 9th District representative on the City of Milwaukee Youth Council, and a community volunteer involved in human rights issues during high school. Ali has won many awards for her...

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IRC Book Review: Dreams of a Refugee

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Dreams of a Refugee: From the Middle East to Mount Everest by Mostafa Salameh, © 2016 – ISBN: 9781472927514 Born to Palestinian refugee parents, Mostafa Salameh was quite literally born into the role of refugee. With little in the way of money or roots, Mostafa found himself in first London, then Edinburgh, where, giving little thought to his Islamic heritage or the values his parents...

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Somalia edges closer to famine as millions struggle without food

With nothing to eat and no sign of respite, people in the Somali town of Caynabo are fighting to stave off malnutrition and disease as they survive off scraps. They are among 6 million people here in Somalia in need of urgent food assistance to prevent a repeat of the 2011 famine that claimed a quarter of a million lives. On a rock-hard dust bowl of barren land outside the Somali town of Caynabo, more than a thousand people have pitched up makeshift shelters as they figure out how to survive. Searing drought has all but destroyed their pastoral...

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Madison and Milwaukee students tell their immigrant stories in new multimedia book

In the spring of 2018, James Madison Memorial High School in Madison embarked on an all school read of “Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School.” Over 2,000 students read immigration stories written by authors of their own age, and were introduced to the authentic and diverse stories of Minneapolis immigrants from thirteen countries. The book inspired a more empathetic understanding of immigrants, and showcased the need for a similar publication featuring student immigrants from Wisconsin. As Green Card Voices planned the production of a book featuring stories from a high school in Madison, Wisconsin,...

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America’s rising Muslim politicians are being targeted by Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a singular political taste that is a marker of the kingdom’s readiness to go at any length to discredit and silence perceived hostility. The historic election of two Muslim women to the US Congress caused waves of celebration in the Muslim World. But while Muslim voices within and without the US congratulated the newly elected congresswomen, Riyadh begged to disagree. Still failing to leave behind the apparently unyielding shadow of Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh is now facing another accusation: the kingdom does not relish the prospect of Muslim Americans whose voice matters in America’s highest places. According...

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Without enough time to pray, Muslim Amazon workers rally for fair treatment

Khadra Ibrahin, a 28-year-old single mother of two and Somali immigrant living in Minneapolis, has been working at Amazon’s Shakopee fulfillment center for two years. As a practicing Muslim, Ibrahin tries to pray five times a day. But because Amazon has the warehouse associates working on a strict hourly packing quota, she says she cannot take a prayer break. Associates are pressured to “make rate,” with the rate number increasing and decreasing depending on the season’s demand. The warehouse’s current packing rate is 240 boxes an hour, Ibrahin says, but it’s gone as high as 400. Associates are penalized...

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