Our first family is originally from Eritrea, a small country neighboring Ethiopia in the corner of East Africa. The two regions have been in conflict for almost 5 decades. The husband decided to seek refuge in Ethiopia with his family where they lived in a refugee camp for over 3 years. He taught elementary school before immigrating to the US recently. He is slowly adjusting to his new life with his wife, two children, 4 years old and 4 months old, and sister-in –law. He is taking English classes to speed up the integration. He is already quite good at speaking English, but is very soft spoken.
Our second family is a couple who are Bhutanese citizens from Nepal. They lived in the refugee camps on the Nepal borders with their parents for over 18 years. They married in Nepal while both were still living in separate camps. The husband is very talkative and energetic with high hopes for the future of his family. Both he and his wife speak English. His brothers live in the same apartment complex, so nieces and nephews come by and visit during the day. The husband’s parents live with the couple here in the USA; they are waiting for his wife’s parents to join them from Nepal. The husband worked around the camps helping residents with basic computers needs and training.
Our third family is from Cuba. In this apartment there is a husband, wife and three children ages 4, 3, and 1 1/2 years old. We weren’t able to meet the husband since he was at work while we were visiting. He has already found two jobs. They left Cuba in February, and came to the U.S. through Mexico. All their parents were left behind. Just as for the other families we visited today, they have a beautiful family. The apartment where they live is well kept, but has almost nothing in it. One of the things the mother was hoping for was a toddler bed for the baby.