Six thousand and eight hundred miles away, in rural Wisconsin, lies Sparta, a town of 10,000, where American flags fly on Main Street and nearby Fort McCoy has stood sentry for more than a century. It became Yourish’s temporary home, a spartan sanctuary disconnected from the life she had to leave behind.
Recently, Fort McCoy invited a pool camera to film Afghan refugees’ life on base. There are more than 12,000 refugees here, half children. They take classes, eat food now certified halal, and live in barracks usually reserved for service members.