Iraqi Families Meet Local Vets

Apr 27, 2009

Kansas City, MO – Imagine having to leave your home, job, friends and family to escape the collapse of your community because of war? That's the situation for an estimated 4.7 million Iraqis, many of whom have left for Syria and Jordan. In 2007, the U.S. government began a resettlement program to relocate Iraqi refugees to this country. Approximately, 15,000 Iraqi refugees have come to the United States. Around 90 Iraqi families have been resettled in the Kansas City area. Members of the Iraqi community estimate around 700 Iraqis live here now.

Recently, the American Friends Service Committee of Kansas City hosted an event called Breaking Bread Together: A Dinner with KC Area Iraqi Refugees and Iraq War Veterans at the Community Christian Church. The event helped to raise funds for the Iraqi resettlement cause. KCUR's Susan B. Wilson was on the scene at this sold-out event, soaking up the music, dance and conversation.

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