We will greet a family from both Iraq & Syria. The dad fled Iraq with his 9-year-old daughter and 6 year-old son. They settled in Jordan for 3 1/2 years, but because he was not Jordanian, it was difficult to find work. He met his new wife there, who fled from Syria, and together they were able to be granted asylum in the United Stages, first living in Nebraska for 4 years. Their son, now 4 years-old, was born there. They sold most of their possessions they had acquired in Nebraska to move to Phoenix, to a warmer climate more like home. They have now lived in Phoenix for about 3 months. The mom is now pregnant with another baby, due in October. The now 15-year-old daughter has learned English well, first being enrolled at the YMCA in Nebraska to learn. She will be entering high school in the fall, and dreams to be a surgeon someday. Her father is working in a meat packing plant, and her mother works in the stockroom at Walmart. Mom wants her children to be educated here and take advantage of all the opportunities available here in America.
We will also greet a single woman who after witnessing the killing of her father, escaped the Democratic Republic of Congo with her mother, 5 sisters and 2 brothers in 2004 and landed in Uganda. She lived there with her family for 15 years, working as a manager at a casino. In 2012, they all began the process of seeking asylum in the United States. Only this 32-year-old woman was granted asylum. The rest of her family continues to pursue joining her in America. She has only been here 2 months, has completed the training as a caregiver, and is hoping to find a job very soon. She would like to continue her education at some point.
And we will meet a single mother with 8 children who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo many years ago and has been in refugee camp in Tanzania. Most of her children were born in camp. The family arrived to Phoenix only a few weeks ago. The children look forward to the start of school.