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The Mayor of Qaraoun


Yehia Shousher wanted to be the mayor of Qaraoun.

In 1949 he immigrated from the village in the south of Lebanon to Canada with his mother and two brothers. Four years later, in 1953, he made the move to Toledo.

When Mr. Shousher, 85, first left Lebanon, he was intent on returning to his boyhood home in Qaraoun. He told his mother that he would join the family in their move, but that he would give himself 10 years to make $10,000, and then he would move back to Lebanon so he could marry and become the mayor of his village.

Sixty-five years later, he's still in Toledo.

Contact Hasan Dudar at:, 419-724-6082 or on Twitter @h_dudar

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