J.B. Russell

USA, El Cajon, California, USA

Safaa al-Bazzaz, 34, is a civil engineer. After graduating from university in Baghdad in 2004, he worked for 18 months for an American construction company. As a Shiite, he had to hide the fact that he worked for a US company. When the security situation deteriorated, he went to Dubai and found a good job, but could not obtain a permanent visa. When he returned to Iraq he had to stay in his neighborhood for eight months without leaving due to sectarian violence. He finally fled to Amman, Jordan and applied for resettlement. He wants to re-certify as an engineer in the US, but the process is long and there are not many engineering job opportunities due to the economic crisis. In the meantime, he must provide for his extended family, so along with his brother opened the Sammoon Restaurant and Bakery in El Cajon, California that serves Iraqi food, sandwiches and traditional Sammoon bread.

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J.B. Russell
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USA, El Cajon, California
Country
USA
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42.33 x 27.86 cm (300 dpi)
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