September 8, 2012

Bhutanese FlagThe first family we will visit is from Bhutan. There is a father (20), a mother (20) and a 2- year old daughter. Both the father and mother left Bhutan when they were babies, and they grew up in a refugee camp in Nepal. They met at the refugee camp. They married in the refugee camp, and their daughter was born there. This young family arrived in the USA at the beginning of August. They have extended family that lives in their apartment complex, which should ease their transition to their new life in Arizona.

Iraqi FlagThe second family we will visit is from Iraq. There is a father (60), a mother (54), an adult daughter (24) and an adult son (21). The family was able to come directly from Iraq to the United States, and has been here since the middle of August. The family was forced to leave Iraq for their safety. In Iraq, the mother worked for the Ministry of Education and the father for the Ministry of Health. They received numerous threats and feared for their security. While in Iraq, both the son and the daughter attended university. They are both studying English now so that they can enroll in college here in the United States. This family has a cousin who also lives in Phoenix who has been helping them settle in to their new home.

Iraqi FlagThe third family we will visit is also from Iraq. There is a mother (44) and her three children: a girl (21) and two boys (19 and 17). This family fled Iraq for security reasons.  Many family members were working with American companies and received threats on their lives due to these associations. The family arrived in the USA in early August, and came directly from Iraq. The family also has an older brother here in Phoenix who lives on his own. He has been here for three years. He is employed by a US company and was the sponsor for the rest of his family. In Iraq, the mother worked. She is looking forward to finding a job in Phoenix. The children all went to school until 2006, when it became too dangerous to attend school. The younger boy is enrolled in school now, and the older son will be taking English lessons and looking for a job. The daughter hopes to perfect her English and finish her studies here in the USA.


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