We’ll visit a family from Afghanistan that includes a husband and wife, their son (5 years old) and daughter (2 years old). The parents report having a very good life in Afghanistan with many family members around. The father worked for an organization that supported the US Army. He worked with them for 5 years. Prior to this he was an auto mechanic. Just before the 2016 election many contracts were expiring for the organization so they arranged to help the family obtain special immigrant visas and send them to the US because of safety concerns for the family. The family arrived in December of last year. They feel very fortunate to be in the US and that it happened so quickly. They miss their family in Afghanistan and are trying to make arrangements for them to come here. They have a few friends in Phoenix from Afghanistan that came over recently as well. The 5 year old boy is in school and thriving. All are trying to learn English. The father continues to look for work and hopes to work in auto mechanics again.
We’ll also visit a 50 tear old woman from Eritrea who has been here less than a year. She lived much of her life in Ethiopia, including refugee camp, as a means of escaping religious persecution in Eritrea. She has a disability, has recently received medical intervention and is becoming more mobile. On her own for the first time, she is very appreciative of WTAP and looks forward to our upcoming visit.