News+Politics May 16, 2012
Nahlah Ayed On Her Relationship To The Middle East

Nahlah Ayed spent seven years working as a reporter in the Middle East. For her, it was a return to a region she had come to resent. As a child, her parents moved her and her siblings from their happy life in Winnipeg to a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan.

Nahlah's on the show tonight, along with author John Irving.

In this clip...

George asks if Nahlah has come to any resolution about her relationship with her parents' homeland: "There was a very long time where I rejected by background. I didn't want to identify myself as Arab, I did not want to identify myself of a background that's Muslim."

She goes on to say that while it's taken time she thinks she's made peace with her experience: "we've had many conversations about it and even my parents today, I mean, still question whether it was the right thing to do or not. The one thing we all agree on though is that the best thing to come out of that was us getting to know our family and learning the language. I mean I wouldn't be here today if I didn't know Arabic."



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