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Open Book Series – October 19

“The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria”

Author: Nushin Alloo & Illustrator: Shadia Kassem

Saturday, October 19, 2019    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The story follows Laila and Ahmed as they undergo a magical journey through beautiful pre-war Syria. As they explore, the two children discover sides of Syria’s rich history, culture, and heritage that often go unseen and at the same time learn important lessons about themselves and the beauty of travel.

About the Author – Nushin Alloo

Nushin Alloo is a global strategist, writer and former U.S. diplomat.  She was inspired to write The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria during the Syrian civil war, while working with refugees in Jordan and Greece.

About the Artist – Shadia Kassem

Shadia Kassem is an accomplished illustrator, painter, and artist. Born and raised in Syria, Shadia graduated with a degree in art from the University of Damascus. Her enchanting and detailed illustrations fill the pages of The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria.

About the Sponsor:  UHRC & Fareed Farukhi

UHRC is a California not for profit created to be a platform for connectivity, partnership and exchange of ideas and identity. Fareed Farukhi, CPA, is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of UHRC. He is a community leader, a visionary and a bridge builder to collaborate with people and communities for positive social change.


Carnegie Gallery

The Historic 1908 Carnegie Library is on the United States National Register of Historic Places, and was built using a 10K grant funded by Andrew Carnegie. It served as the city library until 1963, then became home to the Anaheim Museum in 1987 before becoming part of Muzeo in 2007. Available for private event rental.

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