Noorullah Noorzad and his family left their home country in Central Asia and settled in North America. While he was living in Central Asia, Noorzad witnessed the tragic outcome from decades of war. He saw hundreds of children living on the streets and struggling with addiction. The scene was the same in all the major cities, though the reasons for the abandonment of children were varied.
Some children’s parents and would-be caretakers were killed in war. Others were born to unwed mothers, often to women who had been raped. Yet others were not welcome in the context of second marriages, which were an economic necessity for widows.