Overcoming loss, settling in and forging a life in America: An Afghan refugee’s story one year later

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Residents of McGinley Square may or may not know it, but since March they’ve had a Renaissance man as their neighbor: a scholar, a poet, a researcher for the American government, the head of a cultural institution, and an avid chess player. Mohammad Wazi is also a recent refugee from Afghanistan. About a year ago, Wazi was one of approximately 75,000 Afghans who fled their country to come to the United States as the American military withdrew and the Taliban wrest control of Afghanistan again after more than 20 years out of power. Since then, resettlement agencies in the U.S. have been finding…

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