A couple weeks after his deportation to Iraq in early June, videos of Jimmy Aldaoud surfaced on Facebook. He was gaunt, visibly ill, crouched on a sidewalk as he talked about his plight after his forced removal from Detroit to Iraq.
“I don’t understand the language,” said Aldaoud. “I’m sleeping in the street. I’m diabetic. I take insulin shots. I’ve been throwing up, throwing up, sleeping in the street, trying to find something to eat. I’ve got nothing over here.” Read More
Sara Habbo’s run for a Southfield City Council seat is an extension of her commitment to public service and the city in which she was raised. The 31-year-old emigrated from Iraq with her family when she was 2-years-old, and grew up in Oak Park and Southfield. Read More
The Chaldean community presents an impressive pool of music talent from multiple generations, all over the country. Two of the foremost Chaldean musicians are gifted emcee, Biggie Babylon, and edgy guitarist, Mark Kassa of Slight Return. Both artists see music as a way to inspire Chaldeans like them who have similar dreams but may feel hesitant to pursue them because of lack of Chaldean representation in music. Read More
This past July in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted a summit called the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the second annual summit held on the topic. Civic and religious leaders, activists and policymakers were among those that convened the first two days, with foreign government delegations joining in the discussion on day three. Read More
When we began this venture more than 15 years ago, we knew that the publication we were creating was important, not just to the Chaldean community, but to all the communities with whom we interact.
The Chaldean News (CN) has grown to be more than a publication, more than a media outlet. Since the creation of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) and the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF), the strength of the Chaldean community in metro Detroit has grown as well. The CN is the natural hub. It is poised to be the main source for breaking news and most up-to-date resources for Chaldeans, not just in Southeast Michigan but worldwide. Read More
Our annual guide to notable schools in southeast Michigan Read More
“I want to be an actress,” is what I wrote when my third-grade teacher asked our class to write down what we wanted to be when we grew up. To say the least, that is not the case today. However, that day my friend sitting next to me wrote down “I want to be a doctor”. She is now a pre-med student at the University of Michigan. Read More
The summer before high school is filled with an enormous amount of emotions. You may be feeling ecstatic to be done with middle school, and beyond ready to begin this next chapter of your life. You may already be missing middle school, terrified of the challenges that come with high school. If you’re in the same mindset that I was in just two years ago, there’s a healthy mix of both. I’m going to give you some advice that will make your freshman year, and the rest of high school, easier, less stressful, and fun. Read More
For centuries, Catholic schools have prepared boys and girls to become men and women of virtue – to fully develop into the person God created them to be – and to joyfully embrace their vocations.
The Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) is Unleashing Catholic Schools through a recently unveiled document. Read More
“There may be power in titles and status - but that alone does not make someone a leader,” says Mario Kakos.
Currently a senior at Michigan State University, Kakos has high hopes of making a difference long after he graduates. He is currently the Student Body President, majoring in political science and minoring in leadership of organizations. Read More
Areej Hakim of Rochester Hills, Mich. has taught for 14 years. She now serves as a school counselor at Sterling Heights High School.
“My most recent position in teaching was teaching English Learners, or EL, for high school students. This was the most challenging and rewarding part of my career,” said Hakim. “I learned so much from our refugees…their bravery and insight are incredibly inspiring. Despite their monumental challenges, they are resilient. They are my heroes.” Read More
Looking at Alaa Kishmish’s current career trajectory, one would never guess that the business major on the cusp of graduating was once pursuing a career in anything other than business. With a refined acumen for all things business, Kishmish, 24, is looking at graduating in December 2019 from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University with a bachelor’s in business administration. Read More
Andrew Jonna decided to attend Albion College because of its business program and small class sizes.
Joining the men's swimming team was a distant second place.
After a year at the private liberal arts college that only has about 1,500 full-time students and an average class size of less than 19 students, Jonna has changed his tune about swimming.
The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF), the nonprofit arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, has been hyper focused on providing a plethora of resources to the community for the last several years. Read More
The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) hosted a citizenship summit in Sterling Heights on Thursday, May 23. As the path to citizenship can sometimes be a confusing one, the CCF hosted this event and invited community leaders in an effort to share knowledge and provide some clarity and guidance regarding the process. Read More
From a young age, Sara Murphy knew that she wanted to be independent. “I wanted to go to college, and I was determined to find a way to pay for it,” said Murphy. Murphy enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2009, and served until 2013, earning the rank and title of Sergeant. She ultimately went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Baker College in Auburn Hills. She graduated in June of 2016. Read More
Although the stormy day put a damper on the official Open House at Our Lady of the Fields Camp in Brighton last month, they entered the camp season ready for all kinds of guests. “We hope to host another open house so the community can get a clear view of what we truly have to offer,” said Mike Hickey, executive director. “Despite the rainy spring season, we have been hosting several groups and families are signing up for a variety of camps.” Read More
The Mackinac Policy Conference is the premier networking event of Michigan. It is not only a place for newbie networkers to get their feet wet but it is the platform for veteran connectors to collaborate and communicate. Read More
Mom to Mom, a well-known talk show on the Chaldean Moms of Metro Detroit Facebook page, recently premiered an episode discussing one of today’s most controversial topics: abortion. Host Lisa Denha sat down with Adora Ibrahim, Josephine Attisha, and Christina Marchetti, three Chaldean women who play prominent roles throughout the pro-life movement, to discuss how abortion has affected them. Read More
Little did I know that a simple text I received in January 2019, would change my life. I was asked to join a small group of people traveling to Iraq during Easter. In my mind the answer was yes, but I wanted to run it by my parents first. I was nervous telling them for fear they would be completely against the idea. My nervousness was for nothing; they wanted me to go to Iraq, to be the first of their six children to see where they grew up, where it all began. Read More