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Families provide Ramadan meals for refugee in nursing home

Families provide Ramadan meals for refugee in nursing home

Seated near the elevator, Halima Ali bounded from her chair when another woman in a headscarf stepped off. The two women kissed each other's cheeks before Ali led the way back to her sparse room where she could break her religious fast. The ritual has been the same most evenings during the Islamic month of Ramadan when Ahlam Mahmood arrives at the Uptown nursing home where Ali has lived for three years. Just before sunset, the two women exchange only a few words. Ali speaks an Ethiopian dialect and Swahili. Mahmood speaks English and Arabic. But Mahmood always brings a home-cooked meal. On this night, it included seasoned lamb, roasted cauliflower, and a cucumber, tomato and parsley...

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