Our first family is from Mosul, Iraq, a city about 250 miles north of Baghdad. The family was threatened because the father worked with the U.S. Army. Recently a son-in-law was kidnapped. They fled Iraq and went to Turkey for 16 months before coming to Phoenix on May 1st. This couple has 3 sons, ages 11, 18, and 23. They have not been able to find jobs here yet and have found it difficult to live here without work. The youngest son would like a bike and a Playstation.
Our second family fled the Congo in 2004 and went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They felt they were treated well by the Ethiopians. In this family is a mother and 5-year-old daughter. The daughter is looking forward to starting school in the fall and could use school supplies and clothes. When asked about their plane ride here the mother said she was surprised as to how tight it was.
Our third family is from Baghdad, Iraq and left there in August 2009 for Turkey. They have been in the U.S. since 6/16/2010. The father was a lawyer for the Iraqi High Tribunal. The Iraqi High Tribunal is a body established under Iraqi national law to try Iraqi nationals or residents accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or other serious crimes. It organized the trial of Saddam Hussein. The father was threatened after several other lawyers were killed. The couple has 3 teenage children, 1 son and 2 daughters. One daughter hopes to write about Iraq and requested books on the politics of Iraq and the U.S. They are also hoping for a microwave.