The first family we will visit is comprised of two cousins (thirty and twenty-nine years old). They are from Somalia. These young men arrived in the united States three months ago. They are waiting for the arrival of their uncle, aunt and six cousins with whom they traveled out of Somalia. The men left Somalia in 2007. They took a ship to Mombasa, Kenya, where they stayed only a month. Then they traveled by truck from Kenya to Kampala, Uganda. They lived in a refugee camp in Uganda for five years. In the refugee camp, they were not able to work or to go to school. One of the men speaks English well while the other has a working knowledge of the language. Both men have been trying to get work. One found a temporary job that has now ended. They are both eager to get employment, and to be settled by the time their uncle and his family arrive. The men say the heat in Arizona is worse than in Africa, yet they are enjoying life in Phoenix.
One of our deliveries will be to a young mother from the Central African Republic and her charming three-year old son. She reached the United States this April, after living in a refugee camp in chad for ten years. She met her husband in Chad. Her husband is from Chad so is not considered to be a refugee. He does not have refugee status so he was not allowed to accompany his wife and son to the United States. The mother’s resettlement agency is working to try to get permission for him to join her. One of her brothers has already been resettled in Phoenix. However many members of her immediate family were killed in the violence that forced her to flee the Central African Republic. The conditions in the refugee camp were so bad that she fell ill and lost one child. This August she expects to deliver a baby boy!
The final family we will visit is a large family from Burma. The father (61) and the mother (37) live with their three daughters (15, 7, and 6), two sons (13 and 11) and the maternal grandmother. The family just arrived in the United States at the beginning of May. The mother and father were farmers when they lived in Burma. The family left Burma eight years ago when the Burmese military destroyed their village. Two of their children were born in the refugee camp. The family is enjoying life in the United States. Two of the older children are in school this summer to improve their English. The other children are looking forward to school starting in the fall. The mother and father hope to find work soon. This friendly family is very grateful for the help of WTAP.