A Syrian refugee family that recently arrived in Independence includes the father, Ibraheem Alkhwaja (left), shown holding his 1-year-old son Mohamad. Alkhwaja’s wife is Enas Hajah (second from right); the family is being helped by neighbors Jeff Rogers (right) and Cindi Rogers (third from left). The family’s saga began when they fled violence in Syria four years ago. Here the neighbors help the refugees understand their mail.
A Syrian refugee family that recently arrived in Independence includes the father, Ibraheem Alkhwaja (left), shown holding his 1-year-old son Mohamad. Alkhwaja’s wife is Enas Hajah (second from right); the family is being helped by neighbors Jeff Rogers (right) and Cindi Rogers (third from left). The family’s saga began when they fled violence in Syria four years ago. Here the neighbors help the refugees understand their mail. Keith Myers kmyers@kcstar.com
A Syrian refugee family that recently arrived in Independence includes the father, Ibraheem Alkhwaja (left), shown holding his 1-year-old son Mohamad. Alkhwaja’s wife is Enas Hajah (second from right); the family is being helped by neighbors Jeff Rogers (right) and Cindi Rogers (third from left). The family’s saga began when they fled violence in Syria four years ago. Here the neighbors help the refugees understand their mail. Keith Myers kmyers@kcstar.com

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