We will be visiting a family of 6 from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The husband, wife, and their 4 children arrived to Phoenix on July 24th, 2018. There is one 4 year old girl and 3 boys ages 12, 10, and 7. The 3 sons started school in September, while the little girl stays at home with her parents. The husband fled the DRC to Tanzania with his family when he was 10 years old due to war, and lived in a camp for 10 years. His father passed away when fleeing, and his mother is still living in the refugee camp. He met his wife in the camp where they had all of their 4 children. The wife’s father still lives in the DRC, and her mom is still living in the refugee camp. They both miss their parents very much, and wish they could be in the U.S. with them.
We will also meet another family of 6 from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The family arrived in Arizona on August 21st 2018. The mother and grandmother live together with four kids: two daughters aged 14 and 4, as well as two sons aged 12 and 1 years old. The mother left the Congo in 1997 with her parents and her four siblings to a refugee camp in Tanzania. The mother’s father died in the refugee camp and her sisters and brothers are still currently living at the refugee camp. Two of the children started school in September and they are very happy in school and doing well. The mother hopes to get a job to help support her family.
And we will meet two male roommates from Afghanistan, ages 29 and 22. They arrived separately to the US in August 2018, likely fleeing the Taliban because of roles they played in supporting our military. We will learn more about these two young men when we visit.