Uday, a Shia Muslim and engineer, was glad to see Saddam Hussein deposed, so he made friends with some American soldiers. He translated for them and brought them cold sodas from time to time.
For this, he was shot in the face.
A Staten Island woman learned of his plight, and, with the help of a major charity, she helped Uday receive asylum in America. Eighteen surgeries later, Uday finds peace in taking the Staten Island ferry to his medical appointments, past the Statue of Liberty.
Uday was one of fewer than 1,000 Iraqis to receive political asylum in the U.S. this year.
This shoot was for an annual report of the charity that helped Uday come to America and receive surgery. Posted now that the project is done.