Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Ruaa, a 17 year-old from Iraq struggles to adjust to life in America.
Her father, a contractor with the U.S. Military, had to flee Iraq due to his alliances with America. After a harrowing year long journey that took them through various customs ports in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, their family finally were admitted to the U.S. and settled in El Cajon, California, home to the largest population of Iraqi ex-patriots in the United States. Having to learn a new language, different culture, and an entirely new school curriculum have been a tremendous challenge for Ruaa and thousands of other Iraqi teenagers who had yo flee their homelands during an already uneasy adolescent stage.