Dayton Daily News’ Elizabeth Koproski reflects on her experiences with their Voices of the River Edge event, an event modeled after Welcome Dayton’s Voices of the Immigrant Experience.

“It was at one of these first events that I met two of my dear friends. They are from Iraq and came to the United States for safety reasons because one of them worked as a translator for the U.S. Army. Never in a million years would I have thought that an American Christian family and an Iraqi Muslim family would sit down around a dinner table (sometimes at their house and sometimes at ours) and build a friendship. That is exactly what happened as we shared deep matters of the heart. We laughed together, we cried together but all the while we were becoming friends. As we did so, I saw the walls of fear and suspicion on both sides crumble.”

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