Join Caz Welcomes Refugees on April 23rd for this month’s educational event, Leaving Home… But Left Behind.
Our Cazenovia Welcomes Refugees springtime education event will feature a presentation by Salat Ali about his experiences as a Somlian refugee living in Syracuse. He will also share photos and stories from his journey in October/November 2018 to return to Dagahaley, the refugee camp in Kenya where he was born after his parents fled from Somalia. During his recent trip, Salat was reunited with his his mother for the first time in 13 years. Despite efforts to gain permission for her to come to the United States, Salat‘s mother and one of his brothers still live in the camp.
Salat Ali, his father, and one brother arrived in Syracuse as Somalian refugees in 2005. Now an American citizen, he is a 2017 graduate of Cazenovia College, works two jobs, serves on the board of Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment, Inc. (RISE) in Syracuse and participates in “Seeds of Peace,” a youth peacebuilding and leadership development organization.
As context for the evening, the Center for New Americans of Interfaith Works, a refugee resettlement agency in Syracuse, will provide a brief overview of the local and national impact of policies dramatically reducing refugee arrivals in the United States in the past two years.
To read more about the “Leaving Home….But Left Behind” documentary project, visit