Family Bios: June 17, 2017

We’ll visit a family from Cuba, a couple with two children  (23-year-old daughter who is still in Cuba attending her last year of medical school, and a 15-year-old son who just arrived from Cuba in the past week after being separated from his parents since 2013).  The husband was trained in epidemiology in Cuba, and worked in this field traveling to Africa and South America.  The wife worked with plants in a nursery.  They left Cuba because they just couldn’t progress living in a Communist-controlled country.  They fled to Brazil in 2013 where they worked for 3 years, then came to the US via Houston where they lived for 4 months, then came to Phoenix in 2016.  The husband was hired full-time to work in a factory and their son has begun school.


We will meet two 30 year old Cuban men, both dentists, now living as roommates.    One man was working in Valenzuela and then went to Columbia.  He flew from Columbia to the United States (Miami) then came to AZ. His wife and daughter are still in Cuba with hopes of coming to the US. He is currently working in a bakery.  The other man was working in Columbia and also flew to Miami and then came to AZ. His wife and son are still in Cuba and hope to come here when they can. He is working for a construction company as a painter. Both men would like to return to the medical field once their families are settled in our country.  When not working, they enjoy baseball and soccer. 


We’ll visit a family from Afghanistan that includes a husband, his expectant wife and their young son.  Both parents are highly educated and speak fluent English.  The husband worked in administration with the US government and, as a result, was targeted by insurgents.  He and his family fled their home and were eventually taken in by our government to come to our country.  The husband is already working now for a US company.  They still have relatives in Afghanistan about whom they worry for safety. 


We’ll visit two young men from Eritrea who arrived here as “unaccompanied minors”.  Now 19, they will have their very first apartments.  They both work and attend school.