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Las Vegas, a land of opportunity for Iraqi-Americans

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-04-26

After 17 years of hard work in the US, Iraqi-born Raad Kosa is the proud owner of a Las Vegas convenience store where he employs his two brothers. To help support his family, Kosa has installed seven new gaming machines.

 

Ten years after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the human cost of the war remains difficult to measure, even after numerous studies. Besides the casualties – both civilian and military – tens of thousands of people have been permanently disabled and emotionally scarred, while millions of Iraqis have been forced into exile. As many as 80,000 Iraqi refugees fled to the US in the wake of the war.

CASUALTIES OF THE IRAQ WAR

“My Beloved Enemy” is a web documentary series that focuses on real people, both Iraqi and American, whose lives have been forever changed by the conflict.

After 17 years of hard work across the US, Iraqi-born Raad Kosa settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he opened a convenience store. He now employs six people, including his two brothers.

To help the business, Kosa has installed seven gaming machines. But even more important to him is the fact that he can now safely go home to his family at the end of each day.

 

Date created : 2013-04-23

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