Novelist Joseph Geha reads an excerpt from Kitchen Arabic, a book that is a work-in-progress. The pre-recorded reading was part of a “Toledo Night” that celebrated the city’s historic Arab-American community at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich., on Dec. 11, 2015. The event was co-hosted by The Blade
Fahed Martini and Gigi Sankary, a Syrian couple living in Toledo, are separated from their daughters who have been residing in Turkey, awaiting an interview for admission as refugees into the United States.
The ongoing war in Syria has produced an international refugee crisis, and forced many of the country’s citizens to flee by other means, such as seeking asylum. The war has also divided families, leaving some in Syria and the Middle East while those who have made it out to
Hassan Cheaib’s relatives have tried convincing him to leave Toledo’s Old North End and to follow them out to the suburbs — Sylvania, Oregon, Bedford — where many of them live. He refuses. It would be difficult for him to turn his back on the neighborhood he’s called home
The Lebanese Consul General Bilal Kabalan from Detroit answers three questions on why he’s chosen to set up a monthly satellite office at 609 Main St. in Toledo’s east side. The first of the open hours was in November. The consul said he’s already established an attachment with what