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The First Days Project shares
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"My first impression was that it looked like a fairy tale... I felt a sense of freedom, though there was both fear and joy in the back of my mind."
READ SARMISTHA'S STORY
"It was a date in mid-September, 1957, when the Pan Am round-the-world flight I had caught in Calcutta reached San Francisco."
READ C.M.'S STORY
"And then you come over and then suddenly it's a different environment and you don't have a single friend. I mean zero. Zilch."
READ ALI'S STORY
"It was just so sad because I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know what to do... I still was just traumatized by what happened."
READ DESIRE'S STORY
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Madras, India to Chicago, IL (1965)
Giri G's First Day
New Delhi, India to New York City, NY (1994)
Hamza Elhabbal's First Day
Cairo, Egypt to Brooklyn, NY (2005)
C.M. Naim's First Day
Barabanki, India to San Francisco, CA (1957)
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