Iraqi refugees living in the US watch their home country closely

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Marco Werman: Earlier today I spoke with, Sara Darwish. She's a young Iraqi doctor living near San Diego. She and her family are refugees, still adjusting to their new life here in the US. Sara Darwish: Well, it's really painful to be away and sitting away from home and watching all of this news and TV and watching people suffering there. It's harder than being on spot actually, like before. Werman: Harder to be thousands of miles away then it is to actually be there? I mean, are you finding yourself constantly checking in with the news or are you trying to- Darwish: Sure, it's like obsession, checking TV all the time. The TV is on Iraqi channels and I've installed many of the apps on the phone to just to be updated with the news. I find it hard to concentrate. Werman: So, you are speaking with friends and family back home, what are they telling you? Darwish: Yeah, but it's getting difficult because the communication disconnected internet, media. It's not that easy to be in touch with them. But still, lucky to hear from them like every day. Werman: And I assume some of them live in Baghdad. What are they saying? Because we've heard that ISIS forces are now pretty close to Baghdad. Darwish: They are saying that people are very anxious and cautious. They are actually taking measures for preparing for if they cannot go out of home, storing food and medication. It's very frustrating actually. Werman: Are you in touch with Iraqis who live here in the United States and are you speaking with them? Darwish: Yeah. Mostly it's about how sorry we feel for our families and friends who feel like they are trapped there, you know, because when we got here and we start comparing and see how comfortable life here is. We really feel sorry for people there, especially on days like this when the situation is very bad. Werman: Feeling bad that you kind of got the break and they did not? Darwish: Exactly. Werman: What about going back to Iraqi some day? I mean if you're studying medicine, I imagine that's something you might actually want to practice in Iraq. How are you feeling about that? Darwish: I really would love to and hope to God to go back there someday. But when it's a messy situation like this it's not really easy. It may be possible to go for a visit, but living there is just difficult. Werman: I was really struck, Sara, by what you said about life being so hard, so many thousands of miles away from Iraq. Harder than it would be if you were in Iraq. Do you feel like there is nothing you can do to help? Darwish: For the time being I doubt if there is anything that we can contribute except praying for them. It's much more complicated then what people can do. It's governmental or something higher. I don't know if there is something we can do for them. Werman: What are you able to tell your family, your friends back in Iraq when you get them on the phone? Have you words to give them some support? Darwish: I would say that we're strong people and we've made it through many harder times. It's just one of those hard times and hopefully things will get better. Werman: Sara Darwish, thanks very much for your thoughts. I really appreciate it, stay strong. Darwish: Thank you so much