Cal Lutheran University awards scholarship to Syrian refugee

Rama Youssef

Rama Youssef was a sixth-grader in Damascus when Syria’s deadly and destructive civil war erupted in 2011.

For a year, she lived in a warzone, passing through checkpoints under the watchful eye of armed militia and growing accustomed to the sound of gunfire in the distance. When bombs started to fall close to Youssef’s school, her mother decided it was time to flee.

“It was really horrific and only getting worse,” she said. “We were scared.”

She came to the United States...

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