Rust Belt New Americans

Refugees are revitalizing the Rust Belt. Here are their stories.


Maitham Nuri and Zamin Abo-Zebiba, Iraq

Photo by: Maitham Basha-Agha


why ban refugees?

They grow economies.

Immigrants and refugees are facing increasingly stringent immigration policies when trying to enter the United States. Refugees, by definition, come to the United States not out of free will, but out of desperation to save the lives of their families. As many communities have discovered, welcoming these new Americans does not go unrewarded. New Americans build communities and revitalize economies. The Rust Belt region is no exception. In order to understand our new neighbors, we need to listen to their stories and discover just how far they have come to share in the American dream.


Muslim American sisters: Kaltuma Hassan and Maryan Hassan.  Photo by: Maitham Basha-Agha


A picture is worth 1,000 words.  A documentary is worth 1,000,000.


Hayder Shah Murad, Iraq 

Photo by: Maitham Basha-Agha


"These stories need to be heard."   - Maitham Basha-Agha