Published December 13th, 2019 at 6:00 AM
Hanadi Almansour and her husband, Mohamad, fled Syria with their five children when the country erupted into civil war. The family went to Egypt before ultimately resettling in the United States in 2016.
Health issues have shadowed their odyssey. Three of their children have an inherited blood disorder, which requires regular transfusions. Two of the children have had bone marrow transplants, and they are seeking a suitable match for a third.
While Mohamad works at a Kansas City restaurant, Hanadi home schools her youngest child, whose immune system is still recovering from his bone marrow transplant in July. No longer focused on survival, Hanadi now can dream about the future. In America, the land of possibilities, she’d like to open a bakery.
“Kansas City is now my home,” Hanadi said. “And I like it.”
See the rest of her story on this week’s video installment of “Finding Refuge in KC.”