COMING SEPTEMBER 2023!
Using a trauma-informed approach to storytelling, Green Card Voices and its partners from diasporic Afghanistan, carefully collected first-person accounts of the diverse journeys of nineteen young men and eleven young women on their path to resettling in Minnesota. These stories were gathered at the speed of trust using a mix of handwritten essays and oral storytelling in English, Dari/Farsi, and Pashto. My City Was a Sparkling Jewel: Voices of Newcomer Youth from Afghanistan shares the challenges faced, opportunities grasped, and dreams these youth had, and still have, for themselves, and for the families and friends they left behind. The storytellers, ages fifteen to twenty, come from various ethnic groups—Pashtun, Hazara, Pashai, Tajik—so their stories detail a wide range of experiences. While the future of Afghanistan and its youth in the United States is still uncertain, these first-person stories illuminate the harrowing contours of the unjust displacement these young people experienced and bear witness to the early days of their resettlement in the United States.
Zahra Lotfi, PhD, Tea Rozman, PhD, Zahira Sarwar, Jeannine Erickson.
A professor of Afghan History, an oral historian, an illustrator and activist of Afghan heritage, a nonprofit organizer and youth development specialist. Our Green Card Voices staff team partnered with experienced, influential, and dedicated members of the Afghan-American community throughout the storytelling process to ensure My City Was a Sparkling Jewel appropriately reflects the unique experiences and cultures of our newest neighbors.
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