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In her El Cajon, Calif.,apartment, Iraqi refugee Haifa Pola, 38, goes on-line to keep up with friends left behind in Baghdad. After her brother was killed in Iraq because of his Christian beliefs, she and her 15-year-old daughter fled. Now she barely makes enough as a restaurant buffet server to pay the rent. The TV, two mattresses, four chairs and a table -- all donated -- are the only furnishings in her small apartment.
February 23, 2010