Today WTAP honors Terence Manning, by showing courage and compassion in our service to refugees fleeing war and oppression.
This family traveled from Cuba to Ecuador (traveling through, total of, (8) countries before arriving in the US in May! Once they arrived, they were granted Humanitarian Parole and were initially living with a friend but are now in their own apartment. One was an equipment operator at a bakery and the other was an elementary school teacher!
This is a Cuban Medical Professional Parole client who was working in Venezuela as a dentist. Although she has family support in the area, she is living alone now and can use the extra help. Cuban Medical Professionals are those health-care providers who are sent by the Castro regime to work or study in third countries. Under Cuban Resolution 54, these same Medical Professionals are often denied exit permission by the Cuban Government to come to the United States when they qualify under other established legal channels to migrate from Cuba. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, physical therapists, lab technicians and sports trainers are examples of groups that may qualify for the CMPP program.
The young man you will be helping comes from Afghanistan and arrived to the US in May of 2015. His parents were killed in the war and his siblings live in Iran with an uncle, but were unable to come to the country. He excels academically and is already attending Phoenix College. He strives to be an attorney.
This family is from the Congo region of Africa, a geography burdened with dangerous conflict. They are a husband, age 24, an expectant wife, age 19, and their young son. This soon-to-be family of four arrived to the United States in mid August. They arrived here from Uganda, a country that hosts over 500,000 refugees. The husband fled to Uganda from Congo for safety five years ago and met and married his wife in refugee camp. It’s still too dangerous for them to return to Congo and they are pleased to be in the U.S.. Before arriving to the U.S., the husband worked in construction, mostly in digging. He is already taking classes here to improve his English and wants to support his family by working in construction. They are very grateful and optimistic to now reside in the United States.
This family is from Somalia. The family includes a husband and wife in their forties and their eight children, ages 4 to 24. In Somalia, the family were herders (goat farmers). The couple left Somalia, in 1992 after civil war erupted and eventually found safety in a refugee camp in Djibouti. All eight children were born in refugee camp and have never seen their homeland. The Somalian civil war lasted over 20 years and has resulted in over 500,000 casualties. Food and jobs are scarce in Somalia and much danger still exists. The family feels fortunate to now be in the United States, having arrived in mid August. They look forward to school and work opportunities in the United States and to having a real home.
This family is from Somalia. The family consists of a husband, age 35, a wife, age 35 and their seven children, ages 1 to 14. In Somalia, the family were farmers. They fled dangerous, warring conditions in Somalia and found safety in refugee camp in Ethiopia. The family has been in refugee camp for nearly ten years. Many of the children were born in refugee camp and they have not seen their home country of Somalia. They arrived to the U.S. at the beginning of August. They are very appreciative to be in the United States. They couple looks forward to good schools for the children and greater opportunities to work.
This family is from Iraq and consists of a mother, father and 2 daughters, ages 1 & 3, along with a grandmother (father’s mother). The family left Iraq in April 2014 due to religious persecution and fearing for their lives due to being Christian. They fled to Jordan where they have been in a refugee camp until arriving in the US in mid June. The father is a mechanic and is looking for work. The mother and grandmother stay home to take care of the young children. They have relatives still in Iraq who have not yet applied to become refugees, but the family is hoping they will soon. They are very happy to be here and have the ability to feel secure and start a new life.
This family is from Somalia and arrived in the US on July 19th. There is the mother and 4 daughters ranging in age from 8-20 years old. They left Somalia in 2011 due to so much war and fearing for their lives. They fled to Kenya near the refugee camp in Nairobi. The family had a refugee card to get food and refugee services, but they lived in a small village just outside the camp. The mother worked by selling produce at a fruit/vegetable stand and the 2 younger children were able to go to school. There are 3 other children that the mother had to leave behind ages 1, 2 and 3. This is a great source of sadness that she was not able to bring her babies with her and had to leave them with her niece. She hopes she will be able to have her babies join her over here at some point. The mother emphasizes how grateful she is to be here and the chance to start a new life. They do not have any other friends or family here but have been able to meet other Somali and refugee families that are their friends now.
Get to know more about the other family when you visit them at their home.
This 35 year old man left Cuba with a tourist visa for Mexico October 2nd of last year. He crossed the border from Mexico to the U.S. with a friend who is also 35 and they arrived in Arizona on February 12th. He joined his mother who is 53 years old and has been in Arizona for 8 months. He was a veterinarian back in Cuba and is married and has 4 and 5 year old daughters. He would like to learn English, find a job and bring his family to live with him eventually.
This group of three friends arrived in Arizona on May 9th of this year. We spoke with the woman who is 42 years old. In Cuba she was an accountant, and had no children. She left Cuba with two male friends ages 31 and 43. They arrived in Panama and flew into Mexico. From there they crossed border into El Paso, Texas. They are grateful to be here and look forward to learning English. They have a friend that will get them a job at a hotel as soon as their papers are in order.
This family arrived on June 23rd, of this year. They consist of the mother (33) and her three children a daughter age 15, and two son’s ages 1 and 5. The grandmother also arrived with them and lives in apartment. They left the Congo in 1996 and spent years in a camp in Tanzania before being sent to Arizona. The 5 and 15 year old children will be attending school. The grandmother walks with crutches and is asking for a wheel chair. She has a hard time going too far with crutches. She was a tailor in Africa and would like a sewing machine so she can sew clothes and help family with income. They have a sister still in Tanzania that is being sent to Canada. They would like to be united eventually. When asked what they thought of Arizona, the grandmother said “we had a peaceful welcome”.