Refugee Interpretation Business Helps With Overcoming Language Barriers Refugee Interpretation Business

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When you think about how a refugee comes to America, no story is the same.

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Ever felt like you’re the only one amongst a crowd of people? Farhiya Omar knows that feeling all too well.

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She was a Somali refugee that left Africa at 13 years old, flying on 5 planes to eventually land in Syracuse, New York.

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(CG:Farhiya Omar, Somali Refugee)
INCUE:It’s a culture
OUTCUE: I will say
(“It’s a culture shock. That’s what I will say.”)

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Her transition didn’t come without struggle.

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(CG: Farhiya Omar)
INCUE:I did not
OUTCUE:To the bathroom
(“I did not know how to speak English. Read or write. First they took me to high school. They start me with high school. The high school that I went to called Nottingham High School, with no English. Like when I say no English, I mean no English at all. I didn’t know how to say can I go to the bathroom.”)

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(CG: Alexandria Bennett, NCC News)
INCUE:Imagine not being
OUTCUE:To change that
(“Imagine not being able to say can I go to the bathroom. It’s something that may or may not have come easy to a U.S. citizen, but that’s never been the case for refugees. Farhiya is working to change that.”)

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Farhiya manages Human Resources at Empower Interpretation Services, and also helps with interpretation. Here she’s helping a student prepare to take a test to become a United States Citizen.

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(CG: Farhiya Omar)
INCUE:We the one
OUTCUE:Front of you
(“We the one who struggle. We the one who faces all the struggles of not having a translator in front of you.”)

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Farhiya says she loves to help people. She’s focused on providing what wasn’t available to her.

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(CG: Jan-Juba Arway, South Sudan Refugee)
INCUE:It wasn’t fun
OUTCUE:Get it together
(“It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t fun at all because when we came here, the resettlement agency only gives you 3 months to get it together.”)

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Jan-Juba Arway is a South Sudan refugee who came to America in 2004. When she arrived, she was 16, married and had a 6 month old daughter.

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Jan-Juba is a single mom with four children, and is working toward a master’s degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University. She wants to become a lawyer to advocate for families and criminal justice.

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Although Jan-Juba faced many trials, she never let it deter her from achieving an education.

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And maintaining her independence.

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(CG: Jan-Juba Arway)
INCUE:I can take
OUTCUE:Have to struggle
(“I can take over anytime and I can take care of me and my kids and I don’t have to struggle.”)

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But she’s also working hard for…

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(CG: Jan-Juba Arway)
INCUE:Refugees suffering in
OUTCUE:That there’s resources
(“Refugees suffering in silence. They don’t know that there’s resources.”)

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There’s a lot happening around them that they never saw coming.

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(CG: Jan-Juba Arway)
INCUE:They get dropped
OUTCUE:On your own
(“They get dropped off like the same thing that happened to me. You get dropped off for 3 months, and then you’re on your own.”)

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Jan-Juba saw a problem that needed to be solved in the Syracuse refugee community and wanted to be a part of the solution.

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(CG: Jan-Juba Arway)
INCUE:When they see
OUTCUE:Trust us more
(“When they see someone like me or Khadija, they can relate because we’ve been refugees before. We know the transition can be tough so we are here to help you so they trust us more.”)

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Trust is the key that makes this work. Refguee children need to learn English, but they also want to be confident while growing up in an unfamiliar place.

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Farhiya is asked questions in Somali and Arabic, but after just 4 years, she can answer them in English too.

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(CG: Farhiya Omar)
INCUE:Hopefully they will
OUTCUE:For them too
(“Hopefully they will come and seek the help that they would love and we’ll be sure we’re gonna be there for them too.”)

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So what if you’re a refugee on a college campus like Jan-Juba or care to learn more about the community? A New Refugee Studies Program is coming to Falk College.

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It will focus on the Global Encounter in Syracuse and how the refugee experience impacts those near and far.

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Syracuse University Lutheran Chaplain Gail Riina says being involved in the refugee community gives a better exploration of the world.
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(CG: Gail Riina)
INCUE:They will be
OUTCUE:About themselves
(“They will be so enriched by the cultural experience that they will have and they will learn a lot about themselves.”)

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And in case you didn’t know.

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(CG: Gail Riina)
INCUE:Unlike Americans growing
OUTCUE:If not more
(“Unlike Americans growing up, most people from other countries know at least two languages if not more.”)

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It’s not always easy to learn numerous languages, but as both Farhiya and Jan-Juba have proven, it’s always worth the challenge.

“I’m Alexandria Bennett reporting for N-C-C News.”

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