Several years ago, west suburban native Kirk Johnson, a former USAID official in Baghdad and Fallujah, received a call for help from a former colleague. Johnson’s colleague, Yaghdan Hameid, worked with him at USAID in 2005 and was receiving death threats in Iraq.
Chicago has a reputation of being a tough place for small business owners. Everything from obtaining a business license to hanging an awning requires time and a tolerance for red tape. Well, navigating these difficulties can be even more trying if you’re new to the country. Chicago Ma
The Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side is an established hub for refugee resettlement. There are many agencies there, and refugees opt to live nearby. But recently more refugees bypass Chicago altogether and head to the north and northwest suburbs instead.
After nearly five months of unrest and violence, it’s still unclear whether President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime will survive or fall. So far, human rights groups estimate that 1,700 people have died.