Iraqi mother settles family in Columbia

May 13, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Layla Mahir, 2, climbs on a stepladder with her mother, Shehla, as they paint a room in their new home in the Rothwell Heights neighborhood last summer. Shehla was helping her other two daughters, Maha and Ghada, paint their new room purple. Shehla moved to Columbia from Iraq in 2006 to join her husband Zaid Mahir, who was pursuing his doctoral degree at MU.

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