My name is Aaron Mudd, and this is my blog.
As a journalism student as Western Kentucky University, I try to tell compelling stories about people who are often ignored and unappreciated.
This is why I write about refugees living in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
If you have questions you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Refugee Refuge!
This blog presents my exploration into Bowling Green, Kentucky’s refugee population. This blog, which originally started out as a project for a Western Kentucky University class, has evolved into a narrative that chronicles everything I’ve learned from some incredible people I’ve met. Here you can experience stories about people who work with refugees and refugees themselves. This is a place for refugees to share their stories, perspectives, challenges and aspirations.
This is Refugee Refuge.
Ka Tay, a refugee from Myanmar, quietly works on a bible study worksheet with her friend. Ka Tay wants to get her driver’s license someday so she can be independent and help her community. Getting to English classes is difficult without a car.
At the International Grocery Store on Russellville Road, Ghazwan Nahedh rings up customers. Prior to opening the grocery store Nahedh was a physics professor in Baghdad, Iraq.
Po Khu and Caleb Benningfield sit together as Po Khu completes his worksheet. Benninfield and his wife Laura have been helping their refugee friends in many ways, but they enjoy using the Bible to inspire their English lessons. Po Khu, who is married to Ka Tay, is a Christian. They wish they could participate in church more, but language issues sometimes happen.
Wesal Muhi, owner of Noor’s Alterations on Broadway, fashions a dress for a local Muslim girl. Muslim women often have trouble finding suitable clothing. Muhi helps with that.
Po Po, pictured far right, listens intently as Caleb Benningfield gives a Bible and English lesson. Po Po wants to learn English so she can get a good job and be a successful woman.