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

February 8, Day 20:


“I was born in South Sudan, then we went to North Sudan [and] because of the war we went to Egypt... when I was 16 years old, my dad sent me to a wedding… when we went there they told me: ‘we’re going to America…’ I cried for days. They said: ‘You can’t go back, the situation is not getting any better.’ I came with my cousin to San Diego before my parents… We came in pieces… My mother was in Lebanon with my siblings and then was resettled in Pittsburgh. Then I came to live with my mother and, in 2005, we filed the paperwork for my father to come here.” -- Ikuma  #IamPGH


“One of my mom’s neighbors died. He used to give her a ride to the bus to go Downtown. She didn’t see him for a long time and she asked his wife: ‘what happened to your husband?’ And she said: ‘oh he died.’ My mom told her she was going to her house. In Africa, if somebody dies you cry, you make all these noises. So, my mom went to this lady's house and she was crying, uttering: ‘you’re husband is very nice, he used to give me a ride every day! May God take him to heaven!’ So everybody was consoling my mom like she’s the one who lost her husband.

My dad says: ‘when you go somewhere, you go with your tradition. There is some you adapt and there is some you don't.” -- Ikuma  #IamPGH



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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