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A Portrait of Iraqi Refugees' Assimilation in America

Sep 20, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Ron Najor

American Baghdad is a short film that documents the struggles of leaving a homeland behind. In the film, Iraqis speak candidly about the process of becoming refugees in California. It’s a necessary and humanizing portrait: They were displaced due to America’s war in Iraq, and were among the small percentage of those who were granted refugee status and permitted to immigrate. El Cajon, a county in San Diego, has one of the highest concentrations of Iraqi refugees in America, and a majority of these refugees are Chaldean, a Christian minority in Iraq.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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