The first family we will visit is from Iraq. The mother (43) lives with her adult son (20). The family fled Iraq in fear after another brother was abducted and killed. They escaped to Turkey where they stayed for almost two years before they relocated to the United States. The son finished high school in Iraq. He was able to do odd jobs in Turkey, and will be looking for work here after he improves his English. The mother is a painter, and she did work in fashion design when she lived in Iraq. She is hoping to start painting again in her new home in Arizona. This family has had an initial rough adjustment the United States, but they are looking forward to their new life here.
The second family we will visit is also from Iraq. The father (33) and mother (30) have two sons (ages 5 and 4). The family left Iraq after they were threatened, and they came directly to the United States. The father worked for the United States military when they lived in Iraq. The father is a mechanical engineer and the mother is civil engineer. They both hope to find work in Arizona. The mother speaks English very well. The father understands English quite well, and he will work on his ability to speak better. The older boy is enrolled in school. He is also beginning to speak English.
The third family we will visit is also from Iraq. The mother (37) and father (40) have a daughter (8) and a son (3). They were forced to leave Iraq after they were threatened because the father worked as a translator for the U.S. military. They were able to come directly from Iraq to the United State. The father is a linguist and he would like to find work in his field. The mother stays home with her young children. The mother has family in the United States, although none of them lives in Phoenix. Their daughter has started school and is enjoying it. Their young son is very shy. The family hopes, with a little time and some patience, that they will be able to build a home in the United States.