The U.S. government has helped more than 2,200 Kuwaitis and people living in Kuwait leave the country since the Aug. 2 invasion by Iraq. Most were American citizens or their spouses and dependents.
Salma and Mustapha were among 614 refugees who landed at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in September, when most of the evacuations occurred. Along with 22 others, they stayed for several months at Sarah's House, a shelter in Anne Arundel County. Other refugees moved in with family members already living in the United States, or set up housekeeping with support from the Arab community here.
The Maryland Department of Human Resources helped the new arrivals relocate, but a spokesman could not say how many remain in the state. Many have moved to areas with larger Arab communities, such as Detroit and Los Angeles.