On a sloppy spring day in mid-March, hundreds of Kurdish Americans gathered in a field outside Nashville under a sea of black umbrellas. Some of the men carried a stretcher to an open grave, where a yellow backhoe waited. In accordance with Muslim tradition, the body of Imad Doski — a prominent community leader — was buried within 24 hours of his death. He was another casualty of COVID-19. "It hit people. They saw it happen to one of them," says Faiza Rashid, a nurse practitioner at the Amed Family Clinic , the Kurdish-run medical practice in town. "It hit home." Doski's death just six weeks ago became a wakeup call for many in Nashville's Kurdish community — the largest in the U.S . The community has been growing and thriving since a wave of...
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For Kurdish Americans In Nashville, A Beloved Leader's Death Prompts Vaccine Push