Solomon was born in Ethiopia but had to flee to a refugee camp in Djibouti due to political instability. At the refugee camp, Solomon worked as a photographer and was active in the camp community. He lived in the refugee camp in Djibouti for 23 years before the American government accepted his case. His flight was booked for September 17th, 2001, but when the September 11th terror attacks happened, Solomon’s immigration was put on hold for another 10 years. During that time, Solomon moved with his wife from the camp to the town in Djibouti, where they were both able to find work. While he was living in the town, he got into a motorcycle accident and that left him disabled. On September 25th, 2012, Solomon and his family were finally able to move to America, but Solomon had trouble finding work because of his disability. Traditionally, the ACC only accepts women, but he pleaded his case anyway and was accepted. Through the ACC, Solomon learned to sew, and found work at Knotty Tie. He is happy to work here because it is good for his health. Christianity is very important to Solomon, and he cherishes peace above all else. He loves America because humanity is respected here, and for the first time in his life he, his wife, and his 8 year old son are able to live in a place where there is peace.
Omar is from Hama, Syria. When Syria broke out in war, the government started throwing civilians in jail without cause. After 8 months of living in fear of being thrown in jail at any moment, Omar fled Syria. He and his family found safety at a refugee camp in Jordan. At first Jordan welcomed Syrian refugees, but as more and more Syrians were displaced by the war, Jordan grew reluctant to accept more refugees. Omar lived in the refugee camp for 5 years before he was granted asylum in America.
Tayebeh was born in Iran, but moved to Turkey with her family when she was 21 in search of a better life. She found Turkey to be a very beautiful place, and found its people very helpful and kind. In Turkey, Taybeh worked for a company sewing curtains, and she married her husband, Mahdi. Her native language is Farsi, but languages come naturally to Tayebeh - it took her only 3 months to learn Turkish! Tayebeh moved to America in 2015 with her family.
|2.25" wide||2.75" wide||3.5" wide|
|58" long||62" long||66" long|
|Ages 10+||Age 2 and under||Ages 2-6||Ages 6-10|
Adjustable for necks 14-18"
Adjustable velcro closure