Bushra & Zeyad’s Story

We Met Hope Along the Way

It was a seven-year journey from Iraq to Jordan to the U.S. for Bushra, Zeyad, and their children. They arrived in Chicago in 2014 (from sand to snow) and stayed focused on their desire to become U.S. citizens. They worked and studied, and on May 10, 2019, they became citizens of the United States of America.

They left a war-torn Iraq after their home in Baghdad was devastated. Zeyad was a successful civil engineer running his own company, which provided him the skills and knowledge to work towards re-building Baghdad. However, they were forced to flee to Jordan and then next to the United States.

Upon their arrival to Chicago, the family had assistance from the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. They were provided immediate assistance with an apartment, food, medical, and schooling for the children. After help from the U.S. Resettlement Program ended, ICNA Relief Chicago offered assistance – food, friendship, and rent support.

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) partners with ICNA Relief Chicago and was asked to mentor and sponsor this family two years ago. What a gift it has been for all families involved. BPB visits twice a month, assisting in integrating them into their town in Indiana. BPB supports a variety of family needs, children’s schooling, and cultural understanding. The family is thriving, and we will keep you updated on their progress.


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