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Crossing Over

Maha Mehanna talked with Dick Gordon one month ago when Israeli air strikes were hitting near her home in Gaza. Since then, Maha has been focusing all her energy on bringing her nephew Mohammad over the border to Israel to receive treatments for his life-threatening illness.
But now the border checkpoints are even harder to get through. Maha and Mohammed spent six hours trying to cross recently and had to dodge bullets on their return back to Gaza. Maha talks with Dick Gordon about protecting her nephew, and trying to preserve her own life, during this tense time.

Music in this story: "De Tout Ton Coeur," performed by Anouar Brahem for the album Le Pas du Chat Noir

Your Story: Ichi-Go-Ichi-E

In the mid 1980s Mark Gerow was an American serving with the Air Force in Japan. He met a young Japanese woman named Naomi whose family welcomed him into their home - everyone except for Naomi’s grandfather. One day, Mark learned the reason why Naomi’s grandfather kept his distance. But what happened next is something Mark will never forget.

Music in this story: "Tarang," performed by Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble for the album Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon.

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