Abdul Alkekhai sits with his son, Zean Alkekhai, as he shares his experiences and fears as a Syrian refugee on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014 at The Mango House.
Photo by McKenzie Lange/Aurora Sentinel

‘It’s been really heartbreaking to look in the eyes of our community members when they say ‘My 18-year-old son was supposed to come in one week … is that really not happening?” said Jill Fricker, executive director of the Colorado African Organization. ‘And our response is, ‘The way we understand it, that is not happening.”

This photo taken Friday, June 20, 2014, shows an empty park where militants from an al-Qaida breakaway group removed a statue of an Iraqi cultural icon, poet Adi Tammam, in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, ten days after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over the country's second largest city. (AP Photo)

Britain’s top diplomat, visiting Iraq, urged its leaders to put aside their differences for the good of the nation. And in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry met with the United States’ top Sunni state allies in the Mideast to consider how to confront the growing turmoil.