You are here in my home, you see it’s a nice place, it’s comfortable. I have my kids, I have my family. There’s nothing that I regret. Whatever the sacrifices, it’s always worth it.

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David Lepeska , a freelance journalist, has contributed to The Economist, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and other outlets from New York and across the Middle East and South Asia.