429: Will They Know Me Back Home?

429: Will They Know Me Back Home?

Mar 11, 2011
Stories of people who've grown so accustomed to wartime that the lives they've left behind no longer make sense. Including a US battalion going home on leave after 15 months of deployment, and an Iraqi translator's story of life after the gig is up.
  • Last summer when Nancy Updike was reporting in Iraq, Sarah, an Iraqi woman in her 40s, was her interpreter. But it wasn't the first time Sarah had had that gig. Back in the height of the Iraq war, Sarah had found the career of a lifetime, or so she thought—translating for the US military. (26:22 min)

    Sarah is still trying to get a visa to the US. The lawyers working on her case first read about her in this story that ran in the Los Angeles Times, written by Bureau Chief Ned Parker.

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    • "I Wanna Be Free", Evelyn Harlene & Casey Clark's Band

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Major Brent Cummings of the 2-16. Photo credit: David Finkel.

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