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NPR: “My American soldier became my Iraqi brother”

Sergeant Paul Braun was serving near Basra, Iraq when he met Philip, an Iraqi interpreter. Paul and Philip grew extremely close over the ensuing months, and Paul eventually sponsored Philip’s visa to the United States. Now they live together in Minnesota, while Philip waits for his wife and children to join him.

NPR’s StoryCorps recently produced a segment that includes a conversation with Paul and Philip. IRAP has been talking to Paul and Philip for some time, and have been moved by their story. We’re excited that NPR’s StoryCorps has shared it.