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A special visit

Posted: August 6, 2013 4:30 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Paul Joseph (center, holding his granddaughter, Nahra Joseph) had a special visitor in July. His cousin, Helen Tobia Bukaram (right), left her home country of Lebanon and visited Camden for three weeks. Bukaram speaks three languages and owns a Mercedes parts business -- much needed, Joseph said, as Mercedes is the most popular car manufacturer in Lebanon. Bukaram has also written several stories in Arabic, but the most beloved story she’s written is about how her family -- the Joseph’s family -- got to South Carolina. “The 100 Year Trip” chronicles the family’s life from the time Bukaram’s grandmother arrived in America in the late 1800s to the time Bukaram first visited America in 2000. Joseph’s mother is Bukaram’s grandmother’s sister. Bukaram’s great-grandparents traveled to America and lived in Buenos Aires for two years before they made their way to South Carolina and settled in Georgetown, Joseph said he does not know why his ancestors chose Georgetown. In 1975, Dr. Joseph traveled to Lebanon and met his family. He met Bukaram and they stayed close throughout the years. In 1999, the Paul Joseph family traveled to Lebanon to see one of Bukaram’s children get married. Since 2000, Bukaram has visited America five times. Also with Joseph is his daughter, Ellen Joseph Cherof (left).

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