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Accomplished violinist and Syrian refugee shares her story as she prepares to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for World Refugee Day
  • Originally from Aleppo, Mariela Shaker has been formally involved in music for a decade and a half, having graduated from the Arabic Institution of Music, Aleppo University, and Monmouth University.
  • Her family remains in war-torn Aleppo, but Shaker has been granted political asylum in the U.S., where she hopes to be a peace ambassador through music.
  • Though violence has created 4 million Syrian refugees, Shaker is one of only 1,000 to whom the U.S. has granted asylum.

“Once I came here, I figured out it was very hard to go back, it’s very dangerous, very risky. …And I got this amazing opportunity to be here and finish my education — I can’t risk it.”

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