Deb Barry of Save The Children has been working in one of the refugee camps for Syrians, in Erbil, Iraq. She says the smallest things, like an ink pen and notebook, bring a small measure of normalcy to children’s’ lives.
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When Navy Lieutenant Jacob Joubert got orders to move to Raleigh, N.C.as an ROTC instructor, he was at a low point in his life. A tough, tattooed kid from a tough Illinois town, he'd been saved by enlisting and then getting married and becoming an officer. Now, years later, he'd gone though a divorce and moved to a place where he knew no one. Then Jake remembered a long-ago passion for painting. He came up with the idea of reminding people of every single soldier who had died in America's wars - over a million people, each represented with a hash mark. Also, the lead singer of the band Cracker is personally against the war in Iraq. But one of his songs, Yalla Yalla, became a hit with soldiers.
Javorn Drummond spent almost five years in the Army. He served in Iraq and ever since he got back, he's struggled to find his footing. After two years of unemployment, Javorn found himself living in a trailer with no heat or clean water.
Sarmad Ali grew up in Baghdad dreaming of coming to the U.S. 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. Also on the show: a daughter tries to get her aging father out of prison.
The first episode of The Story was produced in Feb 2006 never aired widely. Our founding Senior Producer Greg Kelly sent us an e-mail recently to reflect on that show. "Dick and I had been puzzling for weeks on the show's DNA. I was the Senior Producer and was...
Mike Paye grew up in Liberia. He moved to the U.S. when his home country was rocked by war and his father died in the violence. The one thing Mike remembers about growing up, and about his father, is soccer. Also in the show: A check in with Abdi, in Somlia. And the invention of the Heisman Award.
Nasim Fekrat says Afghans have been through a lot, but they have trust in Joe Biden. He's a young blogger who is writing to let the world know about the lives of ordinary people of Afghanistan, the people who dance and have love in their hearts.