For Aqela Faizy, fleeing Afghanistan for Northwest Arkansas last year meant avoiding the Taliban, pushing through the chaos at the Kabul airport and feelings of depression and profound loss, not to mention the huge cultural adjustment that followed. But it also meant a chance for her to seek a master’s degree and someday her own clothing business, and for her son to be nervous about going into kindergarten and excited for Halloween.
(The Arkansas-centric episode, “Gutsy Women Take Leaps,” also features two members of the Little Rock Nine and Symone, the winner of the 13th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”)
Aqela and Basira said the people they’ve met through Canopy have become their best friends. But broadly speaking, they’ve also found NWA residents to be warm and welcoming even when they’re strangers.
“This is nice for me, and this is new for me,” Aqela said.