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An Iraqi refugee vows to one day be a doctor again

Becoming a refugee means leaving behind friends, family, and, for many, careers. For highly educated people like Marwan Sweedan — who was once a surgeon in Iraq — asylum in the US generally means starting from scratch. But a new program, Global Talent Idaho, is designed to change that.

(Image: Iraqi surgeon, Marwan Sweedan, poses with the the co-founders of Global Talent Idaho, Tara Wolfson (left) and Lisa Cooper. Credit: PRI’s The World)

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