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February 22, 2014

Iraqi FlagThe first family we will visit is from Iraq. The husband (35) and wife (28) are expecting their first baby this month; it’s a girl! The husband was an anesthesiologist in Iraq, while the wife did research in the field of Biology. They both speak English very well. They each have family who remain in Iraq, and they are hopeful that the husband’s brother will be coming to the United States soon. This family is very excited to be living in safety in the United States, and they are looking forward to the birth of their first child! The baby will be a U.S. citizen!

The second family we will visit is from Cuba. There are two brothers (47 and 46), and the son of the older brother (19), who share an apartment. This family is happy to be reuniting with another brother and their mother who have been living in the United States for many years. The family left Cuba because of the difficult political and economic situation. They still have family who are living in Cuba. In fact, the younger brother’s wife and child remain in Cuba. He hopes that they will be able to come to the United States after he finds work. The older brother taught drafting in Cuba. He was also forced to take odd jobs, as was required by the government. The younger brother is a painter who specialized in both painting cars and doing graphic design for storefronts. He is also a poet. The son just finished high school. The family is eager to learn English and to find work as soon as possible. They love their new life in Phoenix – they are excited for the future. Of course, they are very happy to be reunited with their family.

The third family we will visit is from Iraq. The father (42) and mother (39) have four children (ages 16, 14, 13, and 10). They also have a new baby on the way! The family fled Iraq for security reasons. The father owned a store in Iraq, and the mother was a teacher. All of the children attended school in Iraq, and most of them already speak some English. The family has been in Arizona for three months. The dad has already found a good job. The children are very excited about their schools. They are enjoying life in the United States. The mother is a little lonely as she adjusts to life in her new country. Yet she is looking forward to meeting new people, and to the arrival of the new baby this summer!

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