The Syrian Refugees Escaped War, Only to Land in One of St. Louis’ Toughest Neighborhoods

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By Robert Langellier
May 16, 2018

At the dinner to benefit Syrian refugees, there aren’t enough seats for the Syrians. The room at the Boo Cat Club is packed, and Jessica Bueler is flitting around, managing the event, making sure the crowd of mostly white St. Louis women is enjoying the food. A young Syrian boy stops her and quietly asks where he’s allowed to sit.

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Iman Alkrad is the matriarch of one of a handful of Syrian refugee families still living in a run-down apartment complex in north St. Louis. Photo by Sara Bannoura
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