When Rasha Elendari came to North America seven years ago, she came alone.
With a Fulbright scholarship and a state-sponsored visa ahead of her, the 27-year-old Ms. Elendari bid a tough goodbye to Syria, to her parents, sisters and brother-in-laws. The farewell was only supposed to be temporary, as she planned to return from the United States the following summer for an archeological excavation at Tell Qarqur in Syria’s northwest.
But that excavation never happened.
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After civil unrest broke out in 2011, violence escalated across Syria. The country that ignited Ms. Elendari’s love for archeology began its reduction to rubble, and her hopes of seeing her family again were dashed.
Now, Ms. Elendari …