Subject:Dearborn, Immigration, Education, Activisim, Family
In this edition of Through The Arsenal Gates Glenn O'Kray interviews Mona Mawari, Pharmacist and Activist. The interview begins with a look back at her early years while growing up in Dearborn and Yemen. Mona talks about her education, including some of the issues she dealt with when moving from one country to another. We learn about some of the major differences between schooling in Yemen and America. Mona tells us about a book written for children in Yemen by her sister Salwa Mawari, and why it's important for young children to have a story that they can relate to. Mona talks about her mother and grandmother, and the struggles they have from the lack of education provided in their generation. Mona reveals a harrowing story about her father and the rough start he had while trying to immigrate from his country when he was 14 years old. He was accused of being a spy for Egypt. He was jailed and tortured, and he barely made it out with his life. The conversation closes with discussion about why Mona feels it's important to get involved in the community.