Oct 22 Liz Illig – Vashon Island’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement


Here’s a picture of Liz Illg, Hazim Mohaisen, Mary Rose (from the Vashon Resettlement Committee) and Dr. Amal Fahad. We will be accompanied by Hazim’s 14 year old daughter Senna (just one girl; her friend can’t come). Amal and Hazim are Microsoft software engineers and have been involved helping refugee families through MAPS (Muslim Association of Puget Sound). They’re both active travelers between the US and the Middle East and Hazim and Senna have visited the refugee camps in Jordan.


Amal was born in Nineveh-Iraq, and got her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baghdad University and served as a faculty member in computer sciences for 3 years. In 2006, she came to the United States to the Harvard School of Art and Science through an Exchange Scholars program. During this time she designed the first wireless network to cover the Baghdad University campus, a project she was able to deploy in its first stage during her first trip to Iraq in 2008. She earned her PhD degree in 2014 from  the University of Rochester in Computer Science and soon after joined Microsoft.


Hazim is originally from Syria, and came to the United States via Canada. He’s Cambridge educated and came to the Pacific Northwest to join Microsoft in 1996. Since then he’s been involved in three start-ups, worked at Boeing, in telecommunications and is now back at Microsoft. He is a father of 13 year old Senna who attends public school in Bellevue. Hazim is very active with various human rights issues, including a homeless feeding program and other activities related to the Muslim community.


Both Amal and Senna were speakers on the panel, “Muslim Women Speak” sponsored by the Vashon Resettlement Committee last spring. All of them have been instrumental in settling the three Syrian families on Vashon Island, providing translations, good humor and comfort to all of us along the way.

October 22, 10:30 am

Note that we will be meeting in the library room at the Mullis Center on this Sunday.

All are welcome

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