Family Bios: April 21, 2018


We’ll visit a 29 year old man from Eritrea.  He left his country 8 years ago due to the unstable political climate, an oppressive dictatorship and fear for his safety.  He fled to many refugee camps including Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt before finally staying at a camp in Israel for 7 years.  He arrived in the United States in early Feb. 2018.  He is looking for work here and getting established along with learning English.  He has previously worked in grocery stores and restaurants and hopes to find something similar here. He currently shares an apartment with another young refugee from Eritrea.


We’ll also visit a family of 7 from Damascus, Syria. They fled their home almost 4 years ago and journeyed to Jordan where the father found work painting cars.  Their home country was very unsafe due to the current war and they feared for their lives.  They arrived in June 2016 with their 4 children, (daughters now ages 5, 10 and 15) and son (now 17). The family just welcomed a newborn son just welcomed a son one month ago.  They feel very blessed he was born in the US. The older children are in school and very much enjoy it.  They are very relieved to be in the US where they feel safe.

Family Bios: April 14, 2018 (Morning Welcomes)

We will visit a couple and their 8-year-old son who arrived from Iraq a year and a half ago.  The father was as an electrician in Bagdad, working on large motors, installing cameras, and working on other large electrical equipment.  One day when leaving a shop, a bomb exploded badly injuring his leg.  Because he had a brother living in Arizona and a nephew in New York, they were allowed to come to America to receive medical care.  They left a lot of family in Iraq –  several brothers, sisters and parents – but are so happy to be in America.  They have been occupied with receiving medical care for the leg which eventually had to be amputated, but they have found the people here to be so kind and helpful.  They feel very safe and happy, and all they want is for their son to be educated and happy here in Arizona.


We’ll also visit a large family from Kurdistan. The father is 50 years old, he plays the tambour and sings.  Mom is 44 years old, she has some health issues for which she is seeing a doctor.  She likes plants and has some onions planted in a pot outside the apartment door.  They have six children, daughters ages 19, 17 and seven and sons ages 18, 14 and 9.  They arrived in Arizona last year, the younger children are in school and speak English well and translate for their parents.

Family Bios: April 14, 2018 (Afternoon Welcomes)

We’ll visit a family who consists of 6 members, dad, mom and 4 kids (3 boys and 1 girl).
Because of their religion, the dad and mom had to flea Burma and go to Malaysia where they met and got married and had their kids.  After living 20 years in Malaysia, the family was finally ablet o find asylum in the United States in June of 2015.  The dad works as a security personnel and the kids are very happy at school.



We’ll visit a Syrian family who consists of mom, dad, 4 boys & 2 girls.  They had to leave their country when the war broke and fled to Jordan.  In Syria, the dad worked in home construction and had his carpentry business.  Because of the war, they lost their home and their business was burnt to ashes.  The dad continued to work in construction in Jordan till he was diagnosed with severe arthritis and breathing issues.  They arrived to Arizona in May of 2016 and the dad is hoping to be approved for an early retirement since he can’t work with his condition.
One son witnessed an uncle being executed and still deals with the trauma today.



And we’ll visit a family of seven from Iraq. When the war started, the dad worked with the US army. Over tie, the family started to get threats and they had to flea their country for safety.  They first went to Turkey and remained there for 3 years until their documents were approved.  They arrived to Las Vegas in 2015 and relocated to Phoenix in 2016.  The husband works as a landscaper at a major hotel chain.  Their older son has heart issues but his health improved due to the medical attention he received in the US.  Now the family is happy and feels very safe.

Family Bios: April 7, 2017

We’ll a single man from Eritrea, who escaped persecution in his home country.  He fled to Egypt and Ethiopia, eventually living and working in refugee camp.  We will learn more about I’m when we visit.




We will meet a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The father’s parents were killed so he escaped to Uganda where he lived in a camp for 13 years.  He explained that the life in the camp was chaotic with little food, no health care or education for the children.  The mother and father in this family met in the camp, married and had five children ages 12 to 7 months.  The government of Uganda tried to force the refugees to go back to their countries.  This family did not want to go back and decided they would rather stay in camp and possibly die.  They applied for refugee status and were able to get out.  They resettled in California and lived there for six months.  Due to the cost of living they decided to come to Arizona where they have some friends and rent is much lower.  The father has a job, and is taking some time off due to back pain.  The two oldest children attend school and the mother stays home with the three youngest.  They are grateful for the opportunities and security they feel here.


And we will visit a Congolese family who arrived in March of this year.  The father is 45..  While he was in DRC his parents were killed and he escaped to Tanzania where he lived in a camp for 20 years.  While there he had a job, met his wife and they married.  They have four sons ages 19, 13, 11, and four and they have two daughters ages 10 and seven.  The parents and older son are taking English classes.  The younger children are enrolled in school.  Now that they are settled in Arizona, they feel safe, feel this is the country of opportunity and are grateful for the health care and Education.