The first family we visited is from Burma. They are a family of 6; there are four children, a 10 year old boy, 7 year old girl, 4 year old girl and 3 year old boy. Although originally from Burma, they were forced to flee to Thailand in 1999 after their village was destroyed by the government army. The father had been forced to work as a “porter” for the army on and off since he was 17, until he fled the country in ’99. They have been in Phoenix since September.
The second family is from Iran. They are two sisters, ages 28 and 22. The 28 year old is the mother of a beautiful 4 month old baby daughter. They came to the US from Turkey. The 28 year old had been there for five years and the younger sister for 2 1/2 years before coming to the U.S. on January 25. Their parents and siblings are still in Iran but they had to flee the country for religious reasons. Both sisters are Christian.
The third family we visited are Bhutanese but came to the U.S. from Nepal. They spent 18 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. There are two parents and two grown sons. They too were forced out of Bhutan by the government for religious reasons.