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Woman Without a Country

As the daughter of an Iraqi, Eman Abbas and her family faced severe discrimination in her home country of Kuwait during the 1980s when the country enacted its Alien Residence Law. Even though, Abbas was an excellent student, with a degree in computer science, she was discriminated against and paid significantly less than her Kuwaiti counterparts. Later in life, both she and her husband were diagnosed with cancer. Abbas came to the United States in 2015 with her two children, after loosing her husband to cancer, in order to seek medical treatment and to escape the continuing discrimination she faced in Kuwait.


In September 2019, The Immigrant Story launched its first live storytelling event with “The Immigrant Story Live” during Beaverton’s Welcoming Week. They were coached by the Japanese-Korean storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung and assisted by Janet Liu.

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