Fi2W Story About Syrian Immigrant on WNYC Radio

Listen to Fi2W contributor and New School Student, Yael Even Or, on the WNYC player, above. Read her original Fi2W story here.

It’s been two years since the uprising in Syria began. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country. One woman finds herself back in New York, caught at the intersection between the U.S. immigration system, war refugees and the conflict in Syria.

Ahlam is 28 years old. She came to New York for the first time in 2005, when she was still single. Her father had immigrated to the U.S. 22 years ago and, now, all her family is here. She got a green card, but went back to Syria to study medicine. There she met her husband, who is also a doctor.

Four months ago she returned to the U.S. to give birth to her daughter in the safety of an American hospital. Now she feels caught between two options: staying in New York or returning to Syria, where the violent civil war continues to rage. Feet in 2 Worlds reporter Yael Even Or tells Ahlam’s story — the limited options open to Ahlam and her husband — to WNYC’s Richard Hake.

(via Fleeing Syria: Caught Between the Immigration System and Reuniting a Family – WNYC)

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Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.