One family we will visit from Iraq. The father and the mother have 3 sons, ages 20, 18 and 9. The family escaped from Iraq, and first went to Jordan and then to Turkey. In Iraq, the father was a taxi driver, and the mother stayed at home with boys. Since arriving in the USA in July, the older boys and the parents have started English classes. The youngest son has started school. The mother says that the family likes Phoenix, and they are happy to be safe here.
Another family we will visit is a single mom and her 5 children, ages 8, 7, 6 and a pair of 3-year old twins. The family escaped from the Congo, and lived in a refugee camp in Uganda for 5 years. The older children are in school, and the mother is learning English. Although she does not have family here in the USA, the mother has made friends with a neighbor, also from the Congo. They will go to English classes together, and her friend is helping the mother get adjusted to life in Phoenix.
We will also visit a family from Somalia. The mother escaped the war in Somalia and fled to Kenya. She lived in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya for 16 years before being granted asylum. The Kakuma Camp is located in northeastern Kenya and provides temporary homes for more than 185,000 displaced peoples. At the refugee camp, the mother was a farmer and grew beans, and all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Since arriving here in June, the mother has begun learning English and the older children have enrolled in school. Judging by the children’s happy faces and beautiful smiles, they are glad to be here in Phoenix.