We have followed Ahmed Fadaam for six years - during the Iraq War and after U.S. troops pulled out. This month, he moved to the U.S. with his family, and he now faces the challenge many immigrants have faced - to find a place in America.
Maha Mehanna lives in Gaza with her nephew Mohammed. They have access to basic supplies, but the closed border still means life has changed dramatically for them. Each month over the past year they have gained permission to cross the border into Israel to get medical treatment for Mohammed's rare immune disease. They've faced 6 hour long waits and even stray bullets while trying to cross, but for Maha those trips are like a holiday - her only chance to see life on the outside. Also in the show: A scientist is taken hostage in Panama
Moussa El-Haddad lives in Gaza with his wife. The bombs have fallen as close as 100 meters from his home. Two nights he was sitting at his desk and the reverberations from a nearby bomb knocked him right out of his chair.
Nearly 400,000 members of the U.S. military watched nuclear detonations after World War II. They were told that the radiation was minimal and that they were far enough away from the blasts so they wouldn't be harmed. Bob Greenwald was one of those men. Also in this episode: a dream deferred.
Ammar Abdulhamid and his family were forced to leave Syria in 2005 because of their political activity. When recent protests began, the whole family jumped in - online - to be a part of it. Also in this episode, Mariem Masmoudi left the U.S. for Tunis one semester short of her college graduation so she could have a hand in shaping the country’s future. Plus, Selma Kalousek talks about being the spouse of a war reporter.
Paulina knows her father was a Naval officer serving Augusto Pinochet when he seized power in Chile, but she never asked him what his role was. After he died, she started looking for answers. Her search led her to Hector Salgado - he was imprisoned at the same base where Paulina's father was stationed. Dick speaks with Paulina and Hector about coming to terms with a military coup nearly 40 years after it happens.
Today, Dick Gordon talks with Alex Erolin, the Global Security Coordinator for the American Refugee Committee. It is Alex's job to make sure it is safe enough for his staff to bring medicine and basic supplies to people. Alex recently returned from Darfur.