We will welcome a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The father and mother fled the war in their country in 2000 with the 4 children they had at that time. They were in Burundi for 17 years awaiting asylum, and 2 more children were born in camp. The two oldest children of the family arrived to America first, back in March. They live across town from their parents and younger siblings. The family is excited to ow be here all together. They love that there is “no cold” here in Phoenix. The oldest children are working; the rest of the family is actively seeking work as they improve their English Because this family arrived in May, the younger children have not yet been to school. They are so excited to go to class in the USA for the first time this month.
We will also welcome another family from the DRC. The father fled his home country as a small boy with his family of origin. Trying to escape the war, they first try to settle in a big city near their home. But after 4 years, they continued on to Burundi in search of greater security. It was at the refugee camp in Burundi that the father and mother of this family met. The mother had also fled the DRC and the war there; she left alone at the age of 20. Both the father and mother were able to complete their secondary education in camp. The mother worked as a teacher and the father was employed in a hotel just outside the camp. The family has only been in Arizona since May. This family has 2 small children (ages 3 and 1). They also have relatives living in the Valley. The mother will be starting her new job this month. and the father is actively looking for work.
And another family from DRC will receive our WTAP welcome this week! The mother and father were married in the DRC and had 3 children, but were ultimately forced to flee the war in their country. They managed to get to a refugee camp in Uganda where they stayed for 9 years. Four more children were born in camp. In the DRC, the parents were farmers. They were able to do some gardening in the camp in Uganda, and were happy that their children could attend school there. The family has been in Phoenix for about 9 months now. The children are learning English and the father says he loves his job. They have made some good friends in Phoenix and feel very supported by the community. And they are very excited than in less than 2 months, a new baby will be born into their family!
We’ll visit a family from Iraq who relocated to AZ from Michigan. Family includes a husband, wife, teenage son and teenage daughter. In order to relocate, they had to leave most of their possessions behind. WTAP looks forward to welcoming the family to Phoenix.
We will also meet a family from Afghanistan. The family consists of a husband, wife 2 year old son and 2 month year-old son. We believe that the youngest child was born in the United States. We look forward to meeting the family in learning about their hopes for America.
And we will meet two brothers from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The siblings, in their early 20s, have lived their entire life in refugee camp. They have only known war and refugee camp.They only arrived to the United States in July 2018. We look forward to setting up their vacant apartment and giving the brothers a grand welcome to America.
We will meet two gentlemen today from Pakistan. They arrived in Phoenix in January after their journey took them to Thailand, Malaysia and then to the island of Manus, off the Australian Coast. In Manus they were placed in a detention center for over 4 years. They shared that the conditions in the detention center were very poor and it was a struggle to keep up hope of ever getting out. One of the gentlemen used to own a communications company when he lived in Pakistan. They are both working now in a home supplies warehouse nearby and use their bikes to get to work. They miss their families which they have not seen in over 5 years. They are hoping their wives and young children can join them here soon. They are grateful for the opportunity to live in the United States.
We will also meet a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The father and mother and their six children arrived in Phoenix in January. They arrived from Tanzania, where the mother had lived in a refugee camp for 21 years. She was 11 when she first arrived in the camp. The father and the 21 year old son are currently employed at the same company. The father was in an automobile accident last week, he is now recovering. The son is doing very well with his English and is the interpreter for the family. The rest of the children are enjoying attending school and meeting other children in the complex.
And we will meet a mother and her six children who are from Afghanistan. They spent time in Pakistan and arrived here in January. The oldest daughter speaks for the family but the rest of the family understands English. The mother and oldest daughter have jobs, while the rest of the children are attending school. Both girls are hoping to eventually attend college and love that they are allowed to get an education in the US. One of the girls hopes to be a physician and the other a journalist. The mother is learning how to drive, which she is finding challenging. The boys are enjoying school, want bikes to ride and love soccer.
We will meet a family from Iraq who has had an arduous journey to America. The mother (38) left Iraq in the year 2000 when she was 20 years old. In the past 18 years she has been in Syria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Sweden. She was sent back to Iraq from Sweden and then escaped to Syria where she stayed until the war broke out. She went back to Turkey in 2008 where she stayed and waited to get refugee status and was relocated to New Mexico. The mother and her two sons (5, 11) arrived in New Mexico May of 2017. The father stayed in Turkey. The mother hoped for assistance from relatives n Phoenix but it was not to come. She moved into a shelter. They received great guidance in the shelter and have been set up in an apartment that is safe. The boys will begin school in August and both speak English well. The 11-year-old boy likes soccer, Star Wars and Taekwondo. The 5-year old boy likes cars and trucks and has a good sense of humor. The mother is eager to find a job to start paying the bills. She peaks some English and has previously worked in a hotel.
We will meet a family of four women from Burundi – – grandmother, mother and two daughters (18, 11). They arrived in Phoenix just a few weeks ago. The young girls are very eager to learn in school. The oldest would like to be a doctor and the youngest would like to be a police officer. They are pleased to be safe in Phoenix.
And we will meet a family from Iraq, a couple and their two children (a daughter, 16 and son, 14). The family has been in the United States for a year. They were settled in Michigan and moved to Phoenix very recently. The family moved to AZ because of better employment opportunities. They arrived to Phoenix with few possessions and are hard at work on their new start here.