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Kurdish American to read from memoir March 23 at Moorhead library

MOORHEAD—Newzad Brifki, founder and director of the Kurdish Community of America, will read from his newly published memoir, "My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S.

The book tells of the flight of Brifki's family from Saddam Hussein's Iraq to a refugee camp in Turkey, and of their eventual resettlement in the United States. It is the story of his successful struggles, leading to a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 and a feeling of peace with his identity as a new American.

Brifki founded the Kurdish Community of America in 2009 to promote cultural education and serve as a resource center for the Kurdish community in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The reading is in conjunction with a poster exhibit, "Our Immigrant Neighbors," which was the work of a class of history and anthropology students at MSUM, and a photo exhibit put together by The World in Fargo Moorhead project.