120 Stories: Day 99
“I came to the United States in 2009 with my wife and child. It was very difficult to find a job at first. CCA and my case manager helped me a lot with learning about the United States. During the tough times, I look to God for guidance and I pray. My friends gave me advice and support in times of struggle. I now work at a factory where I am a supervisor. With this position I have earned respect and a good salary. I believe hard work pays off, and many times I go to work early and go home late. My father always taught me to never do anything halfway, and I give my all in any position that I am in. I suffer for my children, so they can get a good education. I believe that in order to be successful in life we must show a lot of love to our family and that is how we will be happy in life.”
Phillip Zanaurg Nhkum
About 120 Stories in 120 Days
The executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Born Terrorist Entry into the United States” halts the national refugee resettlement program for 120 days and dramatically reduces the ceiling for refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000. In response to this executive order, Catholic Charities Atlanta created the 120 Stories in 120 Days Project in order to tell the stories of those individuals who have fled their home due to violence or persecution.
This project will tell 120 stories of clients, staff, volunteers, and community members involved with our resettlement program. Our hope is that these stories will humanize the refugee crisis, highlight the successes and the contributions that refugees make to their local communities, and help readers understand that our similarities far outweigh our differences.
In his address to Congress in September 2015, Pope Francis reminded us all to “treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves…The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.” Catholic Charities Atlanta remains in solidarity with those we serve.
If you would like to donate to help Catholic Charities Atlanta continue our important work supporting refugees and immigrants, please click here: https://give.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/supporting-refugees-and-immigrants.
If you have a story to share, please contact Kimberly Longshore at KLongshore@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org