This family of four originates from Shiraz, Iran, having joined us in the US in early April. So far, they love “everything” about life in the US and are eagerly looking forward to learning English and fully acclimating. Grandma lives with the family in the two bedroom apartment. Mom is busy at home with her 6 year old daughter who loves Barbie dolls and the color pink.
This family of six has lived apart more than together in recent years due to the Father’s job assisting the US Military in Iraq. The oldest son lives in Washington and the Father was brought to the US on a visa – he continues traveling between the US and Iraq working on water irrigation projects and civil affairs. After two kidnapping attempts of his family members, he moved them to Jordan for safety until they were brought to Phoenix as refugees in mid-May. Mom, two sons and an adult daughter reside together here. The daughter, 24 has a Management Information Systems degree and is looking for a job. She loves swimming, going to the gym and the color black. The middle son, 14, likes video games and working out, while the youngest loves soccer, video games and music. They are delighted to be starting a new life in Arizona.
This family is from Syria, and they fled to Turkey in 2013 because of the fighting in their city of Aleppo. The father has an associate degree in engineering and worked as an assistant engineer in Syria but was able to find only a job in a laundry when the family settled in Istanbul. He was paid $400 a month and found it very difficult to support his family on this income. The family arrived in Arizona directly from Turkey on 29 April. The wife who is 38 years old is a full time homemaker. She is unable to work as their older son, age 13, is disabled and on the autism spectrum. The parents state that he was never able to see a neurologist in Syria, and they are very pleased that he has an appointment now to be evaluated. Their younger son is 8, and the caseworker referred to him as also having some medical problems Neither child was able to go to school when the family lived in Turkey. The family members are eager to learn English although the father has some knowledge of the language. The father has just received his social security card and passed his driver’s exam last week. The wife has a cousin in this area who arrived at the same time they did. The rest of husband’s family is in Istanbul, and his wife’s family is still in Syria. The parents’ dream is to get medical treatment for their older son and to have both of their children educated in America.