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Sana was on a summer exchange program in the United States when her father was disappeared by Syria’s Assad regime. Fearing they were next, her mother and sister fled to Turkey with nothing. Overnight, Sana no longer had a home to return to. She was a refugee. And an activist.


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Sana sets the record straight on who Syrian refugees are, how the resettlement process works, and why we need to counter negative media messages.

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