Arrivals from Kuwait

January 30, 1991|By Randi Henderson

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.

A number of Kuwaitis remaining in Maryland have not been as lucky as Mustapha in locating jobs in their field of expertise. "These are very intelligent, very educated people with packed resumes," said Sue Thompson, who coordinated their program at Sarah's House.

An example is a professor of economics who lives in Rockville with his wife and two children. (He asked that his name not be used.) Although he is earning some money as an economic consultant, he has found it difficult to get a job in his field. "There was a recession. Everyone is talking about a job freeze. People say they are reviewing. It is taking a long time."

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