Voices From the Palestinian Diaspora

Since 1948, Palestinians have become one of the largest refugee populations in the world. They are spread throughout different regions, from refugee camps in the MiddleEast to communities in Canada. Come listen to the stories of Palestinian refugees who now reside in Edmonton, as they share their experiences of leeing their homes and living in exile.

Wednesday, February 2
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Education Centre North 2-11, University of Alberta Campus

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This event is part of the University of Alberta’s International Week 2011, World on the Move: Unpacking Migration

Sponsored by Palestine Solidarity Network – U of A



Dr. Ghada Ageel is a third generation Palestinian refugee. In 1948, her family was expelled from their homes and lands in the village of Beit Daras in what was then known as mandatory Palestine and is now part of Israel. Ghada, was born and raised in the Khan Younis Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, were she attended high school and completed a BA in Education. In 1999, Ghada won the Jerusalem Studies’ Scholarship of the University of Exeter in Britain, where she completed her Master’s degree in Middle East Politics, and her PhD in Refugees Studies. Sine then, Ghada has worked with several organizations and institutions in Canada, UK and Palestine. She currently lives in Edmonton and works at the Canadian Islamic Centre.

Reem Skeik is a Palestinian immigrant. Her father’s family is from Gaza, while her mother’s family are Palestinian refugees from Jaffa. After their expulsion in 1948, the family lived in Lebanon for a few years, and eventually settled in Kuwait, where Reem was born. After the Gulf War, like many other Palestinian refugees, Reem’s family endured another expulsion. Reem and her family settled in Gaza, where she started her elementary education for the next four years, until immigrating to Canada. In Edmonton, Reem continued her education, completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Alberta. She is currently at the University of Alberta completing her Master’s degree in the same field.

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