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LA Weekly: Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Seeking Asylum and a better life, California’s Iraqi Refugees Find Themselves in Limbo
Wed, 05/20/2009 - 01:00
By Hanna Ingber Win

If you weren’t paying close attention, it would be easy to mistake Main Street, El Cajon, for any other Main Street across the USA that has been transformed by its immigrant population. Kebabs and falafel are on the menus of most of the restaurants, and the local supermarket sells green olives, hummus mix and a wide assortment of olive oils. The television in one café shows a woman in a head scarf delivering the news in Arabic. Outside another, 2-foot-high hookahs sit on a table, ready to be smoked.

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