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Abdul Azeez

In their El Cajon apartment, Iraqi refugee Abdul Azeez, with his wife, Haifaa, shows how he was tortured with a glowing hot metal poker by gunmen who broke into his house in Baghdad. Before that their daughter had been kidnapped and $25,000 ransom demanded. The Azeezes are among thousands of Iraqi families that fled their war-torn homeland, only to find joblessness, welfare lines and isolation amid fellow refugees in this city east of San Diego.
Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
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