Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Rooha Haghar
When Rooha Haghar was 12, her family—fleeing religious persecution in Iran—boarded a bus and left everything behind. On Tuesday night, December 19, come hear Rooha’s eye-opening tale of coming to America with only dreams and grit.
High school junior Rooha Haghar is a Vickery Meadow EAGLE Scholar who hopes to one day attend the University of California, Berkeley. An active artist and photographer, Rooha was instrumental in seeing Dallas’ #EducationIsNotACrime public mural become a reality—and her “Humans of Vickery Meadow” project was recently featured at Love Field Airport.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? As a refugee, I feel obligated to share my story and educate others about what is happening in my country. Unfortunately, the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran is not widely covered in American media, so it must come from people who experienced it.
If you could be any animal, what would you be? An eagle, because I love heights and flying! 🦅
What is your favorite board game? Backgammon is my favorite game to play.
If reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would you be? Cappuccino Chunky Chocolate from Braum’s.
What is your favorite sound? Least favorite? I love the sound of the piano and the violin. 🎹🎻 I hate the sound of my alarm in the morning. ⏰
If you could witness any event in history, what would it be? I would love to go back in time and travel the Silk Road with Marco Polo! I’m just really fascinated by how people lived at that time.
What is your favorite thing to eat in Dallas? There is a taco place in Vickery Meadow called Torteria Insurgentes. 🌮 I love eating there.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade? Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran by Shahrnush Parsipur. The Iranian author bravely attacks taboo topics such as virginity, prostitution, and toxic masculinity. It is so powerfully written that the book is banned in Iran, and Mrs. Parsipur served time in prison for writing it.
Sneak Peek: “When I was nine, I overheard a conversation between my mom and brother. One of the clergy in his school told him that because of his Baha’i faith, he was forbidden to touch his classmates. Baha’is, they told him, were ‘najes.’ ‘Najes’ is an Iranian Muslim word for describing nasty, unclean dogs.”