Our first family is an elderly Burmese man and his family who fled Burma when the Burmese army made life increasingly difficult and dangerous. He lived in a Thai refugee camp for ten years. Two of his young grandchildren have been in his sole care for the past three years ever since their father drowned trying to get across a flooded river between Burma and Thailand. The three of them have just been relocated to the United States.
Our second family is a Burmese couple and their sons who had to flee Burma after the husband participated in protests against the government. They spent 50 days in a Thai refugee camp before relocating to the United States.
Our third family is a Somali young man who fled the civil war three years ago and has been in a refugee camp in Kenya for the past three years. He has now been relocated, alone, to the United States, but several family members, including his mother, will soon join him. Life for all of them in the refugee camp was extremely difficult. There was not enough water and security was bad. Several of his nieces and nephews have serious health problems and one died in the refugee camp.
Our fourth family is a young Iraqi man from Basra who was relocated after losing his family when a shell hit his house. He was away at the time, but everyone in the house was killed. Lack of security forced him to leave Basra for Jordan. Now in the United States, he hopes to complete his education after learning English.