The Azein Family
Put yourself in their shoes for a minute. You fled your home country of Sudan, but didn’t get far. You spent 6 years in a refugee camp in neighboring Ethiopia, where you got married and had 2 children. With another on the way, you get word you and your family are going to be resettled in Utica, NY. A long plane flight, your first, takes you there. One of you speaks a little English, which helps a lot. But still, you’ve not experienced cold weather, you’ve only lived in rural areas, your new stove is a novelty, you've never had a job, and now you have to find work. The Azeins are now a family of 5, one American born, and adapting to life in a new world. How well do you think you’d do? That the Azeins are doing so well now in 2021 says a lot about their resilience and strength. It also speaks loudly for the job that the Refugee Center has done, and the welcoming community that Utica is. Collectively, it's impressive.