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111-year-old Chaldean Assyrian Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen
« on: January 14, 2012, 12:07:34 PM »
With her family looking on, Sterling Heights resident Warina Zaya Bashou, at the age of 111, became the second oldest person ever sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a Friday afternoon ceremony.

Mrs. Bashou was sworn in at the Chantilly Street home of her daughter, Mary Shammami, and her husband, Adel Shammami, where she also resides.

"She is very proud," said Dina Kajy, Mrs. Bashou's great-granddaughter who is expecting her first child later this year. "She is a wonderful person. She is so very happy to become a U.S. citizen."

The Bashou and Shammami families are Chaldean Catholics from Baghdad, Iraq. Kajy's parents, Adel and Mary Shammami, became U.S. citizens last September and have lived in the United States for the past 16 years.

"My parents came to the United States to flee Saddam Hussein," said Kajy, who became a U.S. citizen after she turned 18 years old. "My mother worked for the past 14 years as a housekeeper in a hotel and my great-grandmother worked in the grain fields in Baghdad before coming to the United States."

Mrs. Bashou's husband died 50 years ago in Iraq.

Although Mrs. Bashou cannot get around as easily as she once could, said her daughter, Mary Shammami, she is bright and has no trouble carrying on a conversation.

Marilu Cabrera of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Detroit said only one person older than Mrs. Bashou has even been sworn in as a U.S. citizen.


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Re: 111-year-old Chaldean Assyrian Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012, 01:48:02 PM »
Wowww, she's surely the oldest assyrian!!!!!
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Re: 111-year-old Chaldean Assyrian Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 07:55:16 AM »
Wow that is really awsome...  :mrgreen: I dont know whats the avg life span for Assyrian but I notice many do live up to over 80
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Re: 111-year-old Chaldean Assyrian Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen
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Re: 111-year-old Chaldean Assyrian Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 04:47:23 AM »
I wonder why she wanted to become a citizen.  Are there any benefits to becoming a citizen at that age??? Does a citizen get any perks over a non-citizen??


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Re: 111-year-old Chaldean Assyrian Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 08:59:55 AM »
Awesome!!
 although after all this time in america I don't see the point in it. Also why it took them all so long not just the grandma to become citizens you have that chance after 5 years why wait 16 years?? :/
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Re: 111-year-old Chaldean Assyrian Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 11:31:27 AM »
thats awesome! ...i think there was a youtube video to this Ashoor, did you get that or just the article? ...hmmm sterling heights? ..could be my neighbor haha

 

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