Our first family arrived in the US on February 11th, from Jordan and are originally from Iraq. In this family is a grandfather, grandmother, and two grandsons, who are not brothers. In 2003 the older grandson left Iraq with his mother and two siblings for Jordan. The mother was divorced at the time and remarried while in Jordan. In 2005 the grandparents also fled Iraq and headed to Jordan. Because family members were helping the US Military, extremists in Iraq stole from them, destroyed their things, and threatened them. The grandmother is very overwhelmed because she is taking care of her 72 year old ailing husband and raising two grandsons, as well as dealing with her own medical problems.
Our second family arrived January 26th from Tanzania and are originally from the Congo. This family is a mother and father with their seven children and the father’s brother. The father left the Congo in 1975 with his parents when the rebels were recruiting people to fight. In 1996 he met his wife in a refugee camp. In the camp there were many problems with sanitation and food. The government of Tanzania tried closing the schools in the refugee camps to force the people back to the Congo. All the children are now going to school here except the two youngest who are 4 and 3 years old. The 4 year old boy misses his brothers and sister terribly when they go to school and he cried the entire time.
Our third family is from Burma. They arrived February 9th from Malaysia. They are a young couple with their 2 year old daughter, and the brother and sister of the father. In 2005, the government of Burma said that the family was part of a group called CNN and told them they had to leave the country. They fled to Malaysia where the father worked in the furniture industry.