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Out of the Rubble

How a Syrian refugee family changed my life

Khaled is choking. Khaled, who is alive because he hid under his desk when the men came with their guns, whose family is alive because he convinced them to walk out the front door of their Damascus home while it still stood (and keep walking until they found a way to Jordan).

At Atlanta’s Sweet, Sweet Syria supper club, recent refugees show off a taste of home

Ruwaida and Khaled, recent refugees from Syria, dream of opening their own restaurant someday. For now, their Sweet, Sweet Syria supper club serves up an immense feast of spiced chicken, kibbeh, and baba ghanoush, not to mention spectacular cookies.
1996 Atlanta Olympics Izzy

Our favorite stories of 2016

One Syrian family's journey to Clarkston, GA. Where your recyclables actually end up. An oral history of Olympic mascot snafu Izzy. 9 of our favorite stories we published this year.
Syrian refugees Clarkston Georgia

Refuge: One Syrian family’s long odyssey to Georgia

In the end, it had taken almost two years for Amin’s application to the United Nations for refugee status to be approved, during which time Aleppo had collapsed, family members died, and Amin forced himself not to surrender hope.
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Editor’s Note: The beacon still burns

To refugees fleeing oppression, civil war, famine, and discrimination, Atlanta represents not just hope, but survival. And within the metro area, no place has been more welcoming than the city of Clarkston, which sits halfway between Decatur and Stone Mountain.

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