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September 7, 2013

We will visit three families this week. Two are profiled, and the third family will be a special delivery, that is not profiled here.

Bhutanese FlagThe first visit will be to a twenty-five year old man from Bhutan. He left Bhutan with his family when he was only four years old and grew up in a refugee camp in Nepal. Most of his family is still living in Nepal. During his long stay in Nepal he taught English to children in the refugee camp. He arrived in Arizona four months ago. He has a sister who lives near him and a nephew who shares his apartment. He enjoys reading books about history and would like to find work soon.

Cuban FlagThe second family consists of a mother (38), father (35) and daughter (17) from Cuba. The mother was a member of the “Damas de Blanco” or Ladies in White. This is a movement in Cuba consisting of wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents, which was started in 2003. The women protest the imprisonments by attending Mass each Sunday wearing white clothes and then silently walking through the streets. The color white symbolizes peace. Because of the mother’s involvement in protest movement, she was often assaulted. The family was not allowed to work and the daughter was not allowed to go to medical school. They are very happy to be here in the United States. They have an aunt who lives near them in Arizona. The daughter is very happy in school and she has made friends.

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