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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Taking Risks Is Risky

  • 2015
  • Community

Salim Salim has direct experience with risky and dangerous situations. Born and raised in the city of Mosul, Iraq. Salim’s family was forced to escape due to increasingly risky security issues in 2008. After leaving Iraq, Salim and his family lived in Turkey as refugees via the UN. He came to the United States in 2010, on the verge of adolescence. Landing in a totally foreign place and not speaking the language, Salim faced a new set of challenges. Instead of shying away from them, Salim took risks to jump head-first into his new life in Maine.

Salim is currently a senior at Deering High School in Portland, Maine, and serves as the school’s Student Body President. Throughout his high school career, the Seeds of Peace camp has given him a multitude of opportunities and changed his entire life for the better. Salim, who speaks five languages, credits organizations like Seeds of Peace, The Telling Room, and TEDxDirigo for helping him maximize his potential as an immigrant living in America.