A native of Baghdad, Wael and his family were some of the first to encounter American troops in the early 2000s. Raised under Saddam Hussein’s regime, Wael was terrified by their arrival. He had two television channels, and both told him that Americans wanted to kill him. Decades after the war brought American tanks to his doorstep, however, he’s proud to call Bedford, Texas home.

If we learn anything from Wael, it should be that we all need to interact with and understand people who are different from us. The refugee crisis is complex, but the need is simple: love. We're proud to be a small part of this story. Let's go write some more.

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