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I'm in no position to offer anything but moral support (and disgust at the way rich countries are willing to let their citizens fail when with a little help they could be productive again). But I wanted to add my best wishes, and say there is a ton of php in the wild that needs the support of a good programmer.

I really hope you can get things back together, and come back and tell us how you got on.

Agreed, sounds like most of what he needs is moral support anyway.

He said the state or organizations helped him get a bed, shelter, food, medical attention, and even nice work clothes. He also has a laptop and has been trying to get back up to speed.

I think in this case, it's mostly just putting himself out there. If you have 100 interviews, and 99 are unsuccessful, the one win is enough that the expected value of applying is worth it.

Good luck!

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