June 30, 2012

Iraqi FlagThe first family we will visit is originally from Iraq. They arrived in Arizona on October 26, 2011. The family consists of a young couple: a 28 year old father, and a 20 year old mother. They have a 2 year old son. Both parents understand English. The mother is slightly hesitant to speak English while the father’s English is excellent. Due to a medical condition the father uses a power chair, yet he has a very active life. The couple is planning to start a daycare business in Phoenix.

Bhutanese FlagThe next family we will visit is from Bhutan. About 20 years ago, the parents fled Bhutan to a refugee camp in Nepal. Most of their children were born in the refugee camp. This family of seven arrived in Arizona in early May. They are settling into their new life in Phoenix very well. The two youngest sons, who are 11 and 9, are already enrolled in summer camp. The older children include two daughters (26 and 21) and another son (18). One more daughter is still living in Nepal with her husband. The young couple hopes to be able to join their family in the United States. The father worked as a teacher in the past. He hopes he will be able to teach again someday.

Somali FlagThe third household we will visit consists of two men from Somalia. They are 23 and 38 years old, respectively, and are not related. They left Somalia because of the war and resettled in Uganda. Unfortunately, there were no jobs or opportunities for education in Uganda. The men gained refugee status after several years and moved to Phoenix. The younger of the two men speaks English very well. All of his family is still in Somalia and he misses them very much. The two men share an apartment with an enclosed patio. In addition to the usual household items, they would enjoy patio furniture.


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