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January 25, 2014

Somali FlagThe first two households we will visit consist of members of the same family. The first household consists of father (45), mother (33), five sons (ranging in age from 1 to 15) and daughter (age 3). The second household consists of two other sons (ages 20 and 16). The parents left Somalia in 1996 and relocated to Kenya. The father worked as a waiter in Kenya while the mother stayed at home with the children. The eldest son is the only one of their children who was born in Somalia. The father and the oldest son are looking forward to studying and working in their new community in Arizona. Both parents will be taking English classes soon. The oldest son speaks English. Five of the children are enrolled in school. The wife has family who remain in Somali with whom she is still in contact. The family feels secure here and is looking forward to a bright future in the United States.

Iraqi FlagThe family in the third household we will visit is from Iraq. This family is made up of a father (age 26) and a mother (age 27) and a one year old daughter. They applied for a visa to immigrate to the United States in 2011, had an interview in 2012 and received their visa in 2013. The father worked as an interpreter with the US Army. He worked with his wife’s brother who introduced him to his wife. When he met her, he knew she was ‘the one”, and they married shortly after their first meeting. They have some friends in the community, which should help their adjustment to their new home. The father is interested in joining the army as soon as possible. The wife hopes to take English classes soon.

 

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