Family Bios: July 20, 2019

We will visit a single mother and her five children from Democratic Republic of Congo. The mother was is refugee camp for 20 years and all but the youngest child were born in camp.

We will also visit a mother with her three children, ages 18, 14 and 11 years old.  The family lived in Afghanistan originally, then in India for the past five years. They are very happy to be in the US and just arrived in June.  Both daughters are enrolling in school, while the son is starting a “cleaning” job at the airport. The family enjoys reading, and has plans to visit the nearby library.  The mother currently does not work but would like to start sewing again. They speak Farsi/Dari, however the son is able to communicate very well in English.  The family has lost both their father and brother. The father went missing for three years and his body was later left at their home.  The other brother was killed about six years ago in a suicide bombing. These were the harsh realities that they fled.   The mother expressed that now that she is in the U.S. her “mind is relaxed and is sleeping well now; there is now food for her family”.

And we will visit a mother with her two daughters, who are originally from Afghanistan, but were forced to flee to Turkey due to war.  The daughters are ages 10 and 11 and are sharing a bedroom. Both are enrolled in school and looking forward to using a computer.  The family speaks Farsi.  The father was killed in Afghanistan during the war. The mother and daughters spent three years in Turkey, during which time the mother worked as an office assistant.  The mother would now love a job utilizing her sewing skills.