Meet Karim. Karim is a refugee from Iran, resettled in Durham through our Match Grant program.
When asked about his first experience of the U.S., Karim said,
When I [got off] the airplane and saw the American people, at once I felt that I should try to forget the past like a kid that had found his family. I thought that none of the Americans would have any problems with me, they think like me, and I think like them. Meanwhile I saw all the people smiling; it was like a garden to me. I had known some Americans in Iran and worked with them, and I knew they were polite and I had learned that from them. I thought I should be able to not be misunderstood by the people because I have spent many times with all different people. I wanted to show my inside to the people, exactly what I think. Before the U.S., I had to show something else to the people, things I didn’t really believe. But here, I should try to show my real personality. But it is still difficult for me to do that.