The family arrived to the United States in April. They were persecuted in their home country, Burma, for their ethnicity and religious beliefs. The family includes a husband, age 29 and wife, age 22. That have three young children, ages 6, 4 and 2. The husband and wife, both from farming families, fled Burma at very young ages and sought asylum in Thailand. They met and married in a refugee camp many years later. The husband, age 29 has lived for over ten years in refugee camps. The wife, age 22, has lived in refugee camps since age 4. The children have lived their entire lives in refugee camps. The wife has family in the U.S., however the husband’s family remain in the refugee camps. The family is very happy to be in our country because of the freedom and opportunity they now experience.
The family is from Cuba and consists of a husband, age 29 and wife age, 26. They arrived in the United Stats on late March. She was a dentist in Cuba and he was an accountant. She sought asylum while traveling outside of Cuba with a professional group and was in Venezuela and Columbia before arriving to the Unites States. All of their parents and siblings remain in Cuba. They chose the U.S. for opportunity to live freely and prosperously. In Cuba, the couple lived separate from each other in crowded homes due to the harsh economic conditions. Now in the U.S., they live together for the first time. The wife is already working as a dental assistant and studying dentistry for her US credentialing. The husband is working in construction to earn money for the family while improving his English language skills. He hopes work in accounting soon.
The family arrived in the U.S. just four weeks ago after fleeing Burma to Malaysia. The family includes a husband, age 30, a wife, age 6 and the young children, ages 5, 3 and 1 1/2. The lived in very poor conditions in Malaysia. He worked as a laborer doing electric work and they both worked as house cleaners. Work was very hard and a wages were minimal. Their poverty was extreme. They are happy to join family in the United States. The husband and wife want to learn English, take schooling and learn trades that they can use for employment in our country. They also see opportunity for their children. Their family in the U.S. are trying to support their adjustment and they are all appreciative of the support that they are receiving from the community.
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