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Family living in danger reunited in South Bend

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The American Red Cross runs a large refugee resettlement program in St. Joe County.  Many refugees flee here because it's simply too dangerous at home.  Some have helped the US Government in the past, turning them into targets of terrorists in Iraq.  

Mohammad and Kamela Al Arman's plane landed 20 minutes ahead of schedule at South Bend  Regional Airport.  Their sons and daughter arrived at the airport just in time.  They are a family of refugees that is finally whole again.

Mustafa Al Arman arrived in South Bend two years ago.  Ever since he's been trying to get his parents here.  "They feel perfect today," he told us after welcoming his parents.  "When they saw all the family, family is one today."

It's been a long journey from Baghdad to South Bend.  One that could be measured not only in miles, but in struggle, paperwork and politics.  This wouldn't have happened without the help of the American Red Cross's Humanitarian Mission and workers like Anton Murra. 

"The things that these families have left a lot back home and they have struggled a lot and so they are here now to start all over again," Mura says.

The family is emotional and grateful for the opportunity to call Indiana their new, safer, home away from home.  "Makes me feel so happy about that, thanks for everything and thanks again for the government, for America," Al Arman says. 

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