In recent years the number of refugees arriving in the U.S. is between 40,000 and 75,000 people each year and typically almost 40% of those people are children. Families come from varying countries and cultures to make a new life here. Walking with our friends from Congo for their first year in America gave me a new appreciation for the relief, hope, fear, and pain of making a life in such a foreign place. Just getting on a plane has been months and sometimes years in the making and requires many agencies to work together such as IOM and local resettlement agencies.
For refugees arriving at an international terminal in the U.S. is a continuation of their journey and the beginning of resettlement in the U.S. and I was grateful to be able to welcome a recently arrived refugee at O'hare in Chicago and capture some images for World Relief Chicago of this phase of his journey.
I love the international terminal. So many languages spoken, hugs exchanged, tears shed, and stories I want to hear.
Welcome to the US Wisam! May God bless you and guide on on this leg of your journey.