Nahla Kayali, Founder and Executive Director of Access California Services, participates in a staff meeting held March, 7 at the community organization's offices in Anaheim, Calif. Access California Services aims to address the needs of Anaheim's Arab-American population, which includes refugees from the war in Iraq.
Yousif Hana Younan Gaznakh, an Iraqi seeking refuge from the war in his home country, displays his injured arm outside the offices of Access California Services in Anaheim, Calif. on March 7. Gaznakh's arm sustained shrapnel damage when an explosive device detonated in his vicinity while he was still living in Iraq.
Since the U.S. opened up its doors to Iraqi refugees in 2007, more have ended up in California than any other state, nearly 20,000. An increasing number of then are arriving in Orange County and are facing big challenges once they arrive. As KPCC's Ben Bergman reports, they can face significant challenges.