When thousands fled the first Iraq war, some made a new home in the United States, where the Californian town of El Cajon is now the country’s second largest Iraqi community.
But in March, the town was rocked by the violent killing of Shaima Alawadi… and a controversial murder mystery unfolded.
It was thought to be a hate crime, after threatening notes were left for the family, but investigations also uncovered divisions within the family.
Shaima’s daughter has been forced to defend herself against accusations that she carried out the killing, but with no arrests, it remains a mystery.
Fouad Hady travels to the US and Iraq to piece together events, and finds a community still searching for peace after escaping the horrors of Iraq.
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STORY UPDATE (NOVEMBER 2012) - Police in California have now charged Shaima's husband Kassim with her murder. Read more in a report from The Guardian.
Photo (funeral): AAP
On air: 11th September 2012