Zidan Mushtaak is a biology and chemistry major in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He plans to attend medical school and become an American citizen to stay close to the people he grew up with.
Authman and Zidan Mushtaak are Pakistani nationals who moved to the United States 15 years ago, as children. Though they now live less than 800 kilometres apart, Authman and Zidan have been separated for the past three years by an impenetrable, invisible line created by Canadian and U.S. immigration laws. The following is a series of emails exchanged between the brothers.