Friday, February 10, 2017

Syrian refugee family arrives in Fort Worth during pause in travel ban

From Ft. Worth-

Fahmi Mousa Al Kazma has been looking for safe place to raise his six children since 2011 when militias forced the farmer out of his village near Aleppo, Syria.

The family’s new safe haven is a four-bedroom apartment in Fort Worth. They arrived Wednesday night during a window of opportunity thanks to a federal judge’s halt last week of President Donald Trump’s ban on citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries.

“We just wanted to arrive,” the-38-year-old father said in Arabic through an interpreter. “We were on the plane [with] our hearts in our hands.”


Refugee Services of Texas is working with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to help the family. Volunteers from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, St. Christopher Episcopal Church and Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth are helping too. They helped furnish the family’s apartment. The volunteer work follows a recent plea for refugees by several local faith leaders.
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