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Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship

Series produced by KXCI

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Image by: Kathleen Dreier Photography. 

Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship is a KXCI 91.3 Community Radio mini-program. The hosts are Houda from Aleppo, Syria and Melanie from Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Houda arrived as a refugee in Tucson with her parents and younger sister in July of 2016 at the age of 18. Her older sister and her sister’s husband and infant daughter are still in Jordan waiting for resettlement. Houda graduated high school in Jordan, but was placed in 9th grade in Tucson. She aspires to a career that combines her interest in journalism and political science.

Melanie moved to Tucson in 1991 when she was 20. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and is a member of Arizona Welcomes Refugees.

Melanie & Houda met at a potluck hosted by Arizona Welcomes Refugees a few weeks after Houda’s family arrived, and have become friends. Though their friendship crosses generations, language, religion, countries, and life experiences, they have much in common: a love for writing and literature, a belief in the power of telling our stories, and a desire to make the world a better place for all people.

“Mn huna” is Arabic for “from here.” The show focuses on the experiences of people who have been resettled to Tucson as refugees and how they feel in their new country.

The theme music is “Naouetb Asibak,” a famous Syrian piece, arranged and performed by Fadi Iskander and Tamara Khachatryan (both from Aleppo) with ChamberLab in Tucson.

Translation support by Safa Najjar Merheb. Production by Rusty Boulet-Stephenson. Hide full description

Houda arrived as a refugee in Tucson with her parents and younger sister in July of 2016 at the age of 18. Her older sister and her sister’s husband and infant daughter are still in Jordan waiting for resettlement. Houda graduated high school in Jordan, but was placed in 9th grade in Tucson. She aspires to a career that combines her interest in journalism and political science. Melanie moved to Tucson in 1991 when she was 20. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and is a member of Arizona Welcomes Refugees. Melanie & Houda met at a potluck hosted by Arizona Welcomes Refugees a few weeks after Houda’s family arrived, and have become friends. Though their friendship crosses generations, language, religion, countries, and life experiences, they have much in common:... Show full description


5 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Houda and her dad, Houssam, on the porch at KXCI, Credit: Kathleen Dreier Photography
Episode five of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship begins where episode 4 ended: Houda’s father is in prison after being arrested in the street ...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:19
Caption: Melanie: Hi, my name is Melanie.  Houda: Hi, my name is Houda.  Melanie: And you are listening to  Houda: Mn Huna  Melanie: Finding Refuge in Friendship.  Houda: Isme, Houda.  Melanie: Isme, Melanie. So Houda, tell me about Fridays in Syria.  Houda: Frida
In episodes 4-5 of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to talk about the unraveling of her childhood in Aleppo.

  • Added: Mar 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:15
Caption: Melanie and Emane (Houda’s mother) at the potluck where they first met in August, 2016, two weeks after Houda’s family arrived in Tucson.
In episode three of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, Houda begins to describe her family’s journey from Aleppo to Tucson.

  • Added: Mar 16, 2017
  • Length: 04:47
Caption: Houssam, Houda’s father, holds his newborn granddaughter Shooq in Jordan two days before the family left for America.
In episode two of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, we begin to introduce you to Houda’s family.

  • Added: Mar 16, 2017
  • Length: 03:10
Caption: Houda and Melanie on KXCI’s front porch. , Credit:  Photo by episode 1 translator, Radwa Abdel-Barry.
In August of 2016, Melanie and Houda met at potluck for Arizona Welcomes Refugees. It was just a few weeks after Houda’s family arrived in America ...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2017
  • Length: 03:58