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Basma Alawee


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Basma Alawee is a wife, a mother of two, a humanitarian, a Muslim, an

engineer, a teacher, a writer and an activist. She arrived in the United States in 2010 as a refugee. As she began rebuilding her own life, she quickly moved to action and volunteered for World Relief and Lutheran Social Services, two local resettlement agencies, helping other refugees with translation and with navigating the complex bureaucratic and cultural process of starting a new life in Jacksonville. Her work has been recognised internationally, regionally, and locally – most recently with a OneJax Humanitarian Award and the coveted EVE Award.


Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress, movie director, humanitarian and global celebrity. In recent years, Jolie has moved into film production,

acting as director, writer and producer. She has six children, three of whom are adopted. She serves in a capacity as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR.

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