- In Focus
Fleeing War, a Syrian Family Makes a New Home in North Carolina
A family of seven, driven from their country by violence, is building a new life in Greensboro with help from the U.S. government, resettlement workers, and volunteers.
GREENSBORO, North CarolinaThe Al Haj Kasem family gathers for breakfast just after six in the morning. There are cereal, jam, yogurt, pita bread, olive oil, and a blend of herbs called za'atar.
"This is coffee," says nine-year-old Ahmed, showing off his English. "This is bread. This is water."
"Yalla!" his father, Hussein, calls out, urging them along, and they set out with Fatima, 11, into the darkness and the drizzle for the bus stop, a block and a half away.
Hussein is back home in time to walk Albatoul, seven, to her bus stop. Albatoul's socks sparkle and her red coat is warm. Another girl her age greets her with a hug at the corner where the bus to the neighborhood elementary school stops.