April 19, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - Continuing this season's theme, "immigrant history alive right now," the Lemon Grove Historical Society will present Warda Yonan on the "History Alive" lecture series on May 1 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.
Yonan left Iraq in 2000 to escape the Iran-Iraq conflict and eventually made her way to San Diego County. In 2003, during the U.S. - Iraq war, Yonan's sister was blinded in her home in Mosul during a U.S. bombing raid -- an event Yonan witnessed half a world away on television in her El Cajon living room. With help from the Chaldean community, she arranged to bring her sister and husband to the U.S.
Over the ensuing decade, the family weathered culture shock and family upheaval to emerge battered, but stronger, in the land that had altered their lives forever -- then welcomed them home. Today, Yonan runs a successful bakery in El Cajon's Parkway Plaza.
"History Alive" is free and suitable for ages 14 and over. Information: 619-460-4353.