An Oasis

By the time Ali (not his real name) reached Azerbaijan, the most difficult part of his long journey was supposed to be over. He had left his father, wife, and one-year-old son in their village in Afghanistan, trekked across his war-torn country, crossed the Iranian border illegally, and sneaked into Azerbaijan at night.

Taking a train to Baku, he enrolled in university. His hope was to learn enough English to be able find work back in Kabul as a translator or driver. But in Baku, more...

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About the Author

Amanda Erickson, formerly a blogger at the Washington Post’s Web site Who Runs Gov, is currently in Azerbaijan on a Fulbright scholarship.

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