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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


14 Pieces

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Caption: Houda and Farrah showing off their University of Arizona gear outside the KXCI studios. They coincidentally both came to the recording all decked out in UA colors! Like many Syrian girls, Farrah doesn’t show her face on social media.
In episode 14 Farrah returns with Houda to talk about her family’s harrowing experience in their home in Homs, Syria early in the war. After the ev...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 05:20
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In episode 13 of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, it’s Melanie’s turn to take you to Small Syria. To sit by the pool with a group of Syrian w...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 05:41
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In Episode 12: The teenagers of Small Syria are learning a lot these days. They’ve been studying English and math and American history. And they ar...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 04:05
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In episode 11, as Ramadan draws to a close, Houda, her family, and the other residents of Tucson’s Small Syria are getting ready to celebrate the j...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 03:54
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Episode 10: Houda, her family, and many of the residents of Tucson’s Small Syria are preparing for their first Ramadan in America.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 03:48
  • Purchases: 1
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Episode 9: Houda introduces you to another resident of Tucson’s Small Syria: her neighbor and classmate, Mohammad.

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 04:35
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Episode 8: Houda & Melanie refer to Houda’s apartment complex in Tucson as Small Syria—16 Syrian families live there today, but a year ago there we...

  • Added: May 10, 2017
  • Length: 03:36
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Episode 7: Education is hugely important to Houda–and to many Syrians. As she says in this episode of Mn Huna: Finding Refuge in Friendship, “Schoo...

  • Added: May 10, 2017
  • Length: 05:20
Caption: Houda, her 14-year-old sister Sara, and a friend. A month after Houda’s family moved to Arizona, Melanie took them to visit her friend’s horses. This was the second time Melanie & Houda met, and Houda’s shirt was Melanie’s first clue about what an extraor
Episode 6: Houda brings us to her high school at the beginning of the war, when she was fourteen years old, after her father’s arrest and release.

  • Added: Mar 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:15
Caption: Houda and her dad, Houssam, on the porch at KXCI, Credit: Kathleen Dreier Photography
Episode 5: Houda’s father is in prison after being arrested in the street outside Houda’s home while her mother and sisters watched.

  • 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
Episode 4: 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.
Episode 3: 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.
Episode 2: 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.
Episode 1: 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 ...

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