This weekend we will visit a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The family came to the US in September 2016, arriving first in San Diego. This past June they relocated to Phoenix after not being able to find adequate work in San Diego as well as the cost of living being too high. The husband and wife have two daughters (4 and 6 years), a son (1-1/2 years), and they are expecting a child in November. Their refugee story began in the DRC and due to constant civil unrest and wars the husband’s family fled to live in a refugee camp in Uganda when he was just 9 years old. He lived in the camp for 22 years. He met his wife in the refugee camp and they were married. The two daughters were also born in the camp. They did not work very much in the camp but did farm a bit to be able to provide some food for the family. They have one family member who remains in the camp and is working on the paperwork necessary to leave the camp and be relocated. The also have a variety of family who live in the US but they have not been able to see any of them due to the cost but they do talk regularly, which makes them very happy. The family has very good English skills. The father has a job at a laundry that he is very grateful for, and the 6-year old daughter is very excited to start school.
We will also visit another family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The husband and wife fled the Congo because of Civil War, fleeing to a refugee camp in Uganda where they stayed for five months, then to another camp in Uganda where the stayed for 20 years. Life in the refugee camp was very dangerous and living conditions where very unhealthy. They arrived in the United States in September 2018 and have three young children. Two of the children where born in the refugee camp and one was born in the United States. The husband is currently working in a meat processing plant and the wife would like to work and go to school. The father of the wife also lives in the United States and is the only other family member in the country. The mother is also trying to join the family as well in the US. They are very happy to have a secure life in the US and their children will be able to receive a great education in America.