Flavors from Afar in Los Angeles is more than an Ethiopian restaurant, it is a taste of the important work being performed since 2010 by UCI alum Meymuna Hussein-Cattan ’03. Through her nonprofit Tiyya Foundation, Hussein-Cattan, who was born in a Somali refugee camp as her parents fled Ethiopia, creates economic opportunities for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Southern California. Each month, a different refugee or asylum seeker offers an authentic menu of their traditional cultural dishes. “When someone is starting over in a new country, they’re always the student,” Hussein-Cattan says. “They’re learning a new language, a new system. At Flavors from Afar, our chefs get to be the expert; they get to teach.”
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