Temple University Student Who Fled Syria has Designs on Helping Refugees

Maryam Hallaj will receive a GSK Opportunity Scholarship for overcoming adversity
Jul 6, 2016 5:00 PM ET

Originally published on Philly Voice

Maryam Hallaj remembers fleeing Syria five years ago with just a half-full suitcase in her hand and her family at her side.

The country was descending into civil war following nationwide protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar Assad. As the conflict inched closer to Aleppo, Hallaj's parents decided it was time to return to the United States. The family had spent months penned inside, the sound of machine guns occasionally piercing the air outside.

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