Seven Questions With Kobra Rahimi

Kobra Rahimi is a Kurdish-Canadian lawyer who lived the first 14 years of her life at a refugee camp in Iraq. Since arriving in Canada, Kobra has committed herself to turning her family’s struggles into opportunities and to be a positive addition to the Winnipeg community.

She regularly speaks at various community events about her family’s story of displacement, loss, finding a home and stability in Manitoba. She was a guest speaker at the Annual Holocaust & Human Rights Symposium in 2016 and spoke alongside Lawrence Hill in an event hosted by CBC. Through her accomplishments, advocacy and daily work, Kobra wants to inspire young newcomer refugees.

What is your idea worth spreading?

To put it simply, that war causes displacement and loss of home for many around the world. In order to understand the so called “refugee crisis” we need to look at the wars that creates refugees.

What’s your connection to Winnipeg, or Manitoba?

I have been living in Winnipeg since my arrival in Canada. Winnipeg is a special place for me as it has been the first place in my life that I can call home.

What’s one of your favourite quotes? 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth”- Rumi

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Nana Asmau, a Nigerian Muslim religious scholar who emphasized women’s education in the mid-nineteenth century Nigeria. She continues to inspire women throughout the world.

Who’s going to play you in the movie of your life?

Angelina Jolie… I tell my sisters that I look like her…they laugh at me and disagree.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Peace for the earth including all its creatures.

What TED Talk do you think everyone should see?

The latest from TEDxWinnipeg