When Iraqis Come to America

As the U.S. lets in more Iraqi refugees, the widow of a murdered TIME staffer and their son cope with life in Arizona

Samantha Appleton for TIME

The 7-year-old has learned to love hamburgers and fries; the first thing he ate in Phoenix was a Happy Meal

There are moments when Faeza Jaber wants to pick up Khattab, her 7-year-old son, and flee back to Baghdad. Life in Phoenix is proving harder than she had expected. She needs a job that will pay her rent--not easy for a 48 year-old single mother with basic English and little local experience. Then there are a number of smaller challenges that, taken together, can seem insurmountable for a woman who has never previously lived away from her homeland--where to find day care for Khattab, how to decipher utility bills, what to do about her car that's been towed away. Just the...

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