Leesburg, Va. (June 3, 2015) – The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Social Science and Global Studies Academic Awards Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in the Tuscarora High School auditorium.
Awards will be given to the Student of the Year for each grade in social science and global studies.
The speaker for the evening will be Farah Al-Khafaji.
Al-Khafaji was born and raised in Babylon, Iraq. She established an engineering firm in 2003 that began supporting American forces by designing and constructing military helipads, security barriers and roads. Her firm also supplied security equipment for base security throughout the country. There were zero casualties at all of the locations Al-Khafaji’s company supported. As a result of her support for the U.S. forces and the new political and social order in Iraq, in 2006 Al-Khafaji was assaulted, her father was kidnapped and her husband murdered. Despite such tragedies, Al-Khafaji’s inner strength and courage empowered her to stand tall and continue supporting the mission of U.S. and Iraqi forces fighting for self-determination and civil rights in Iraq.
In 2012, Al-Khafaji and her two children were awarded sanctuary in the United States. She is in the process of earning her U.S. citizenship and is married to a U.S. naval commander.
Al-Khafaji has been featured in several media outlets and has continued to speak out for the causes of peace and freedom in Iraq.
Admission to this event is free.