Afghan refugees, grappling with grief and trauma, face barriers to mental health care

“Sometimes I dream that I’m in [the middle of] the airport, working to get inside,” said 18-year-old Mahdi Kabuli, who fled Afghanistan with his family last year.

WASHINGTON — For 17-year-old Salek Haseer, video games are an escape. They’re a way, however fleeting, to put a pause on his thoughts — about fleeing Afghanistan last August, about leaving his father behind and about his new home.

“It’s not like I like to play the games,” Haseer said. “I play to remove my feelings.”

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