The first family we will visit consists of two sisters (ages 29 and 30) who arrived on July 24th to join their mother, two brothers and a sister. Their parent’s country of origin is Afghanistan, yet the two sisters were born in Iran. The family moved from Iran to Turkey. They lived in Turkey for four years before moving to Arizona. The mother and siblings arrived 2 years ago, and are settled. Two of the siblings are attending college. The sisters think the people in Arizona are nice. They like the roads and appreciate Arizona’s natural beauty. One sister wants to work and to study linguistics. The other sister would like to study nutrition while she is working. They are thankful to be united with their family, and hope that their one brother, who remains in Turkey, will join them soon.
The second family we will visit is a family of seven who are originally from Iraq. They arrived in Arizona less than a month ago. The father (49) and mother (45) have four sons ages 21, 19, 17 and 15 and one nine year old daughter. The family lived in Jordan for many years and the three youngest children were born there. The oldest son was born in Kuwait and the second son was born in Palestine. The father worked as an Imam, or a religious leader in the Mosque. The mother worked at home taking care of the family, and she will continue to do so. The family loves soccer and is divided when Real Madrid and Barcelona play against each other, as each ahs their own favorite team.
Our last visit will be to two sisters, who are 28 and 29 years old. They are originally from Iraq. In 2006 their father was kidnapped. After he was released they feared for their lives, so they fled to Jordan. When they were in Iraq both sisters worked in a bank. One was an IT assistant and the other worked in the corporate office. Life in Jordan was very hard. They had to pay $3.00 per person per day to stay in Jordan or $50,000 to legalize their status. Because they could not pay either amount they had to go into hiding. The sisters were granted refugee status, and were able to come to Arizona. Their parents are still in Jordan, and they hope one day their parents will be allowed to join them in Arizona. They also have a married brother who is still in Iraq. They speak English very well. They are excited to be here, but they are afraid of what the future holds without jobs. They are anxious to find employment soon, to make the most of their opportunities in the United States.