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In Turkey, Iraqi Christians waiting for resettlement live in limbo

Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:04
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By Oscar Durand | Catholic News Service | twitter: @oscardurand

Basima Kamil, right, a refugee from Iraq who teaches at the Don Bosco Youth Center in Istanbul, spent time during a break Oct. 3 at the school office and teacher’s room with colleagues, Wafa Toma and Dina Jouna. Kamil has been in Turkey since December 2012, waiting for an answer to her relocation application to Canada.

ISTANBUL — Yako Hanna, 36, always keeps an eye on his phone waiting for a call that would change his life.

“Anytime it rings, you think it is the U.N., so you have to be careful. Even if you go to the bathroom, you have to take your mobile with you,” Hanna said, referring to the call he might receive from the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, which is handling his resettlement application to Australia, where he has relatives.

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