“My children have suffered from poverty, fatigue, work, deprivation — everything,” Khanom said through an Arabic interpreter. “I want to give them my strength, my effort and my love until my dying breath.”
After multiple background checks, six interviews each, a U.S. presidency that barred their arrival, and many prayers, Khanom’s family finally received approval for U.S. refugee resettlement last fall.
One week after receiving the news, the family of four landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, knowing no one. The welcome from an International Institute of Minnesota case manager was the first touchpoint of their new lives in America.
“We were very excited and happy to come here. It’s a new experience for us, which is exciting for itself. And at the same time, we have dreams and hopes and ambitions and we hope we can achieve them here,” Khanom said, adding that she is most grateful for their safety.