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- July 6, 2018

A liberated life

How an Iraq War translator ended up a chef at Channing House

by Chris Kenrick

Many residents of Channing House knew that their personable executive chef, Ghazwan Alsharif, made delicious moussaka and baklava. Some even knew where he came from — Iraq.

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Contributing writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.


Posted by Blessings
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

We are enriched for everything you bring to our community. May you always feel yourself and feel welcome here. Blessings.

Posted by Rob
a resident of Atherton
on Jul 8, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Congratulations on living your truth Ghazwan Alsharif. Middle Eastern here and have a 23 year old bisexual son that has had many of my family turn on him. I love him and support him 100%. I'll be sure to share this article and documentary with him.

Posted by Peace
a resident of Ventura
on Jul 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

Thank you Alsharif.

No words are enough to thank you.

Posted by Moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2018 at 10:44 am

>> Ghazwan,

May all good things come your way.

Posted by Robert
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:30 am

Very brave man. The majority of the Middle East is very hostile towards gays. Iraq and Iran both. Hoping the best for him.

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