When Wajed al-Khalifa and her family arrived in the U.S. as refugees in 2015, everything about America seemed foreign. They were resettled to Turlock, California, a rural city about two hours east of San Francisco. Yet it wasn't long before they started hitting milestones.
Khalifa and her husband, Gasem al-Hamad, got driver's licenses. Their four kids excelled in school, quickly overcoming barriers such as English-language instruction and a new education system. It was a big change after fleeing war in Syria, living in limbo in Jordan for more than two years, and then being accepted to resettle in the U.S. as refugees.
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