Family Bios: February 16, 2019

We will visit a couple who is originally from Somalia. They arrived in Arizona in October 2018.  The 31 year old  husband had left his country in 2000 because of the fighting and settled in Yemen until 2013.  He was primarily a student while he lived there but fled Yemen because of the political turmoil in the country.  He finally arrived in a refugee camp on Nauru, an Australian island, three months after he left Yemen. He traveled through both Indonesia and Christmas Island before he reached his destination.  His wife is 37 and  pregnant with their first child.  She fled Somalia in 2013 because of the war in the country and met her husband while they were both on the journey to Nauru.  She had previously worked as a cook in Somalia but neither she or her husband  was able to work in the camp.  They described the camp conditions as deplorable, and there was widespread violence against the refugees by the natives there.  The couple married in Nauru in 2017. They are both very happy to finally reach the safety of the United States and to be able to take advantage of the many opportunities to improve their lives and that of their future children.  The husband is actively looking for employment.  The couple is focusing now on improving their English skills, and the husband’s future goal is to finish high school and then pursue further education.

We will also meet a family of four from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They fled SRC for their safety to Tanzania where they lived in refugee camp for 15 years.  The father was able to find work fixing machinery while in refugee camp. He met and married his wife and they had two children in the camp.  The father worked at at plant nursery and is currently employed in retail. Their oldest child will soon be in school. And they have another child due soon. We look forward to meeting them this Saturday.