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January 14, 2008

Far From Home

Far From Home

Sarmad Ali grew up in Baghdad dreaming of coming to the U.S. He used to hide in his basement reading yellowed copies of TIME Magazine to improve his English.

His dream came true in 2004, when he came to New York to study journalism. Baghdad was volatile then, so it was hard to leave home - but now his decision is even harder to bear. Sarmad's father went missing in Baghdad in December 2006.

Sarmad can't travel back home to help. His absence makes him feel guilty. All he can do is wait: for his invalidated Iraqi passport to be replaced, for any news about his father, and for the time when he can see his family again.

In For Life

Earlier this month, Dick spoke with some elderly prisoners - men who likely will spend the rest of their lives in prison. But what about those on the outside?

Heather McIver's father, Ronald, was a 62-year-old doctor when he was sent to prison for illegally prescribing narcotics to his patients. His sentence was 30 years. Heather hasn't given up all hope that her father will one day get out, but with few legal options, she knows he's likely to die in prison.

Heather talks with Dick about how she's coping, and how being in prison has changed her father's life - in some ways, for the better.

Music

Leila Au Pays du Carrousel by Anouar Brahem for the album Le Pas du Chat Noir

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