Mona K Oshana is the Co-Chairwoman of American Assyrian Republican Coalition of Arizona (AARCA).
Born in Kirkuk, Iraq, immigrated to the United States in 1977 Mona and her family escaped Iraq during the ruthless regime of Saddam Hussein. Mona speaks from the heart drawing from her own experience after escaping as a child from Iraq along with her entire family, (parents and 7 siblings). A survivor of the current Christian Genocide, she is a Radio and TV host of the Mona K Show, an Author, Speaker, and Executive Director of “Power of Three” Christian Non-profit organization, and more recently added Co-Chairwoman of the American Assyrian Republican Coalition of Arizona. She is currently actively working to raise awareness to the plight of the persecuted Middle Eastern Christians to save them from the eminent threat of total annihilation.
Mona says, “Leaving my homeland was not by choice, but by force”.
She tells the story of her escape in her book called “LOOK BEYOND THE FIRE” the heart-rending account of the struggle to live and ultimately escape the cruel totalitarian rule of Saddam Hussein. Drawing on her own life experiences, she illustrates the anguish and the suffering of her people then and now in Iraq today– a view that is rarely seen or covered by the media. Mona offers a true glimpse inside Iraq-beyond the controversy, beyond the politics to the heart of the country, the people.
Mona sounds the alarm for a very thought provoking discussion which leaves one questioning, why aren’t we all doing more to be proactive in America? What can we do to make sure we don’t let our country end up in the hands of socialist fanatics?
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We are doing a series called Ameri-CAN. Talking about the CAN-DO spirit that is part of our American DNA. So much about our lives has been turned upside down by this Corona Virus / Covid-19, and we have been hearing a lot about what we CAN’T do and where we CAN’T go, but our guests during this series are going to talk to us about their area of expertise and all of the ways we still CAN learn and grow, train, connect, and expand our freedoms in ways we maybe haven’t thought about before.
Our guest today is Mona K Oshana. Mona is the Co-Chairwoman of American Assyrian Republican Coalition of Arizona (AARCA).
Her family escaped from the cruel totalitarian rule of Saddam Hussein and she speaks from personal experience the anguish and the suffering of her people then and now in Iraq today– a view that is rarely seen or covered by the media. Mona offers a true glimpse inside Iraq – beyond the controversy, beyond the politics to the heart of the country and the people.
1) Mona, you are a proud American and a proud Republican. I’ve listened to so much “news” that tries to tell me that Republicans are racists and anti-immigration. Knowing you makes what the “news” tells me seem highly untrue. Talk to us about how you came to embrace Conservatism.
2) Another thing “the news” wants us to believe is that Conservatives are somehow “anti-immigration”. From your personal experience, talk to us about why you think it is so difficult for people to distinguish between Illegal and Legal Immigration.
3) Many of our young adults in the United States seem to be actively pushing away the freedoms that our Founding Fathers fought to secure for us. And they seem to get starry-eyed about Socialism. Meanwhile, millions of people every day are risking life and limb to flee Socialist countries and come to the US. What do you say to those – perhaps well-meaning – people who think that Socialism allows for a better life?
4) You are currently working to raise awareness to the plight of the persecuted Middle Eastern Christians. We do not hear enough about the eminent threat they face of total annihilation. You and your family not only escaped from that kind of persecution, but you are trying to help protect Christians in the Middle East. Talk to us about that work.
5) You feel very strongly that our nation is at a vital fork in the road. A step to the left or right on that road will set the path for all generations to come. What can or should each person do in order to give our children and our children’s children the opportunity to know the freedoms that brought your family and millions of others to the United States?