Our first family from Iraq arrived January 20, 2010. They left Iraq in 2004 after he was kidnapped due to the fact he is Sunni. They first fled to Jordan and then to Syria. They were not able to work legally, but sometimes the father found work and worked illegally. In this family is a mother, father, and 4 children ages 7, 5, 4, and 1. They still have family members in Iraq. They asked for a water cooler and hair clipper among other things.
Our second family is a husband and wife with a 4-year-old son who are also from Iraq. They, too, are Sunni and worked with the American Army. After a cousin was kidnapped, they fled Iraq. They have been here since November of 2009 and the father has a job at the airport with a rental car company. When they arrived in the U.S. they said they were surprised that there were not many skyscrapers as they had seen in all the movies made in America. The best things they like were the rules and regulations which made them feel safe. They, too, asked for a water cooler.
Our third family is two sisters and their mother who is 82 years old. All of them seemed happy that we stopped by. They are from Basra, Iraq and left in 2005 when it became unsafe to live there. They fled to Amman, Jordan. In Amman, although some people were unkind, most of them were friendly and they have continued their friendships with them through email and Skype. They would like to make their apartment more homey. They have a Christmas tree right now, but would like to replace it with artificial plants and flowers.