Barwaqo Aden. Barwaqo’s family fled Somalia when she was an infant, living as refugees in Kenya for years. Barwaqo, husband Yussuf and baby son, Abdiaziz, came to the United States as refugees in 2011. They first settled in Houston, Texas, and in 2012 moved to Iowa to join family. Barwaqo is Assistant Director at Nisaa African Family Services, which she helped establish. She is a sought-after team member for nearly every task force and event that involves refugees and immigrants in Central Iowa.
Mirza Kudic. When asked, Mirza modestly describes himself as an immigrant, a veteran, and an American. Mirza immigrated with his parents to the United States from Bosnia in late 1996 when he was about 14. Mirza joined the Army in 2003 and believes he may have been “the first Bosnian kid who joined the U.S. Army as a full time active duty soldier.” Mirza is recognized nationally for his photos of Des Moines.
Albert Liu. Albert came to live in Iowa in 1994 as an immigrant from China. Since that time, he has served with State and local boards, committees, and businesses dedicated to building a strong relationship between Iowa and China. He played a key role in preparing Iowa for the 2012 visit to Iowa of Xi Jinping, then Vice President of China. Albert is currently Director of International Business Development with Kent Corporation.
Welcoming the World to Iowa Award
Trudy Holman Hurd has been name recipient of the 2018 Dr. Judith Conlin Welcoming the World to Iowa Award. The award recognizes Trudy’s long-time support of initiatives that help improve the lives of new Iowans and enrich Des Moines.