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‘The Journey of Not Coming Back’

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times

Of the millions of Iraqi refugees seeking new homes, relatively few are making their way to the United States — and just a trickle reach the Bay Area.

They arrive exhausted and stunned, having seen their homes smashed to rubble, and relatives beaten or shot to death.

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Christian family abandons homeland amid strife

by Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times

Life in Fallujah was already dangerous before Samiya Bashir, her three daughters and son learned American and Iraqi forces would soon converge on their neighborhood.

Men with unfamiliar accents would stop them in their car and demand to know why the women didn’t cover their heads. One day, two men sideswiped them, forced them to stop and tried to pull one of the women from the car.

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