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Thursday, February 14, 2019

I Fled My Country, but Not My Marriage

I Fled My Country, but Not My Marriage
Immigration
I Fled My Country, but Not My Marriage
Though extremists separated me from my husband years ago, I know who holds us together.
Arooj Nirmal, as told to Bekah McNeel
Two years ago this Valentine’s Day, I arrived in the United States after fleeing persecution in Pakistan. When I describe my journey, I often tell people it was like a journey from hell to heaven. I really do love it here.
But the holiday where Americans around me celebrate romantic love is bittersweet. Although I have been married to my husband for seven years, we have only been in the same country for one Valentine’s Day. He has not yet made his journey “from hell to heaven.” ...
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