After a tragic accident left Zaituni Murphy widowed, she made the decision to leave her home in Tanzania 32 years ago to come to America for a better future for her and her three-year-old daughter, Madeleine. While it was a difficult decision to leave her home for a country where they knew no one, Zaituni was determined to provide her daughter with a good education and the opportunity for a bright future.
For Zaituni, the Statue of Liberty is the perfect symbol of her experience in the United States. As she says, “It’s this strong woman, and she has a sense of direction. She has triumphed, and she is fearless.” Zaituni’s own fearlessness and perseverance have inspired Madeleine. As their American story continues, Madeleine says, “Everyday, I’m reminded to not waste my time here, and not waste any opportunities that come my way.”
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