Finding Refuge

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An Iraqi in America: A year still unclear

April 22, 2010 12:52 PM ET

I just can't believe that it's been almost a year since I arrived in the States. It's been very quick, seemingly quicker than waiting in a drive-through line for a restaurant. ...

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An Iraqi in America: 'Time is like a sword' here

January 29, 2010 11:02 AM ET

It has been almost nine months since I arrived in the United States. I can't believe how fast life is moving and how different my family’s days are now are from the old days—that was a beautiful time. Everything...

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An Iraqi in America: In the middle of nowhere

December 7, 2009 1:17 PM ET

We are all stuck in the middle of nowhere. Millions in Iraq and millions outside it face an ambiguous future. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis fled Iraq under Saddam's regime, which lasted for almost 40 years, but since the led-American...

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An Iraqi journalist in America: Gathering my family

October 23, 2009 10:51 AM ET

Nearly six months after my arrival in the U.S., most of my family has finally joined me in Arizona. Making the trip from Baghdad was my father, who turned 63 in October; my mother, who is 50; and my 16-year-old...

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An Iraqi journalist in America: Finally … Red Lobster

September 14, 2009 3:09 PM ET

Most of the Iraqi refugees who recently arrived in America were shocked by the economic situation here. I was prepared. I knew about the difficulties of finding a job in America, and I knew I could count on assistance from...

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An Iraqi journalist in America: The other side of the war

August 12, 2009 12:00 PM ET

It's been more than three months since I realized one of my most important dreams by coming to the United States. Still, I never thought that I would come here as a refugee, maybe because my Iraqi dignity and pride...

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An Iraqi in America: How I became a refugee (Part II)

July 14, 2009 4:42 PM ET

As a child, I never thought about becoming a journalist. I never really felt pulled toward any particular field. I just loved to feel free and try new things, especially when it came to hard work....

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An Iraqi in America: How I became a refugee (Part I)

June 25, 2009 4:11 PM ET

On a cold winter evening--Jan. 29, 2004--I was getting ready to start my first night shift as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Baghdad. It wasn't really that cold, but my whole body was chilled. It was around 6...

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An Iraqi journalist in America: California pilgrimage

June 5, 2009 11:06 AM ET

I couldn't say anything. I didn't want to blink and waste a single moment of looking at the beach and the Pacific. I had never seen an ocean. If I could set up a tent on the sand, I thought, I...

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An Iraqi journalist in America: Fastening my seatbelt

May 19, 2009 3:52 PM ET

It's been almost a month since I arrived in the United States. Oddly, I haven't felt homesick or strange here even though this is my first time ever outside Iraq. I was born in Baghdad in 1986. I never lived...

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