Badria is originally from Omdurman, near Khartoum, Sudan. When the war reached her home,
she fled the area and took a bus over 1,000 miles to a refugee camp in Darfur. One year later, in the
fall of 2014, she arrived in New Haven with her husband and three children – now five with the birth
of twin girls. Badria is happy in New Haven and excited to be a part of Sanctuary Kitchen; she is
passionate about cooking, loves to meet new people and share her traditional cuisine with others.
Asad and Fatima, originally from Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan, arrived in New Haven
in December, 2015 with their daughter and son. Fatima is from a family of 22, and grew up on a large
farm which raised animals and grew wheat and produce. Asad has owned a number of businesses and
has had plenty of experience as a chef. Through Sanctuary Kitchen, Asad and Fatima are excited to share
their traditional food and meet new people, as well as gain experience to reach their goal of starting a
food business in New Haven.