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Crystal family offers 'New Hope' to immigrants

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Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



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FARDOWSA IBRAHIM, RIGHT, and Abdelali Amrani flank Andrew Crystal of the Crystal Family New Hope Award. The two immigrants were this year’s award recipients.

“My name is Fardowsa Ibrahim, 22 years old and a fourth year Medical Laboratory Sciences major at the University of Vermont. I identify as a first generation college student and as a Black, Muslim woman who wears a hijab. I was born in Kenya and my parents are from Somalia. I got married at 18 years old. I am a wife, full time student and mother. My parents came here because of war and wanted to give my siblings and me an opportunity to receive an education in a safe environment.”

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