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Daniel: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM

February 10, Day 22:

“The future seems large to me. That doesn’t mean I will give up. I will swim. When we came to Pittsburgh... We didn’t know all these things. There was so much culture shock. We saw people sitting -- that amazed me. Some people were kissing. I’m like: ‘what is this? This is strange for me.’ We have all different foods -- foods with designs. We went to Giant Eagle where there was food on display. It was amazing. I thought: ‘wow, how can people eat food like this?’ Everything was crazy for me because I saw so many things I couldn’t understand. I had to adapt to a new life. And then, the snow! The most striking things were the snow and the food.” -- Daniel  #IamPGH

“When I go outside with my son, I teach him, this is America. This is your home country. You were born in Sudan, but now you are an American citizen and these people are your brothers and sisters. You have to be a part of them. If you love America, you must care about America and all of its people.

Refugee life is a tough life. No one wants to move out of his country… Most of the people are desperate. When there is war in your country, you want to find a place where you can sit down and make it your home and live there. But you have so many obstacles… coming to a new life as a refugee, where most people don’t understand you, it’s a struggle and a frustration. When you resettle in a new land, you want to be a part of the land.” -- Daniel  #IamPGH


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Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

  Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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