We appreciated, were even grateful for, Streeter’s exploration of moral and political context in this story. He might have tried to make this a piece about overcoming odds, about the generosity of Americans; instead he focused on the girl’s struggles, on the toll of war and some terrible choices, on Marwa’s reaction to American culture. We think it’s more nuanced—and interesting—stuff.

Streeter uses the first person in the piece, which we welcomed.

Read “Odyssey of Healing,” by Kurt Streeter

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