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One Afghan Girl’s Healing Journey to the U.S.

by Shruti Modi

In One Afghan Girl’s Healing Journey to the U.S. for NPR, Gloria Hilard writes about Arefa, a 6-year-old girl from Afghanistan who was brought to the United States through an organization called Solace for Children. She was brought to the U.S. to receive treatment for severe third-degree burns and an injury to her head.

Her name is Arefa, and she’s 6 years old. Like a lot of girls her age, she loves coloring, animals and ice cream. But this small girl in Hello Kitty shoes is from a nomadic tribe in Afghanistan, and for her entire life, she’s known nothing but war.

When she was 3, her family’s tent in Afghanistan was engulfed in flames from an IED. She was severely injured, suffering third-degree burns over much of her body and a life-threatening wound on the top of her head. Her family kept her alive for three years with very little medical attention. [more]