Our first family is originally from Burma. We visited the mother, father, and their three happy children, ages 7, 5 and 1. The parents were only 10 years old when they were forced to flee Burma with their families and move to a refugee camp in Thailand. Life in the camp was difficult as they were not allowed to leave the camp, even to find work. They lived in the camp for over 12 years. The family is happy to be in the US and appreciate the safety they have found here. The father is hoping to study English and the two oldest children will be starting school in the fall.
We next visited a couple from Bhutan and they are expecting! The new baby is due in September. They came to America from a refugee camp in Nepal where they stayed for many years. They are very happy to be in America and were surprised and happy to find how friendly people are here. In Nepal, the husband taught young children. He has found a job here, but hopes to find a better job soon.
The final family is also from Bhutan, a parents and two small children, ages 3 and 1. The parents were forced to leave Bhutan due to the prominence of torture and other inhumane activities carried out by the government. They then lived in a refugee camp for 19 years. It was in the camp that the parents met and were married and where the children were born. As repatriation to Bhutan was not an option, the family was lucky to come to America. They are happy to be in America, but the father is hoping to find a job and the family would like more things to do. The father has previous experience as a welder.