The Adio* family was part of the Bantu tribe, whose ancestors were brought to Somalia as slaves. This led to their discrimination during civil war in Somalia. Rebel forces raided their village, and raped and killed many women and children.
Mr. Adio was an English teacher in Somalia, something many of the rebel forces frowned upon. So he and his family were threatened with death and forced to flee to a refugee camp.
When the Adio family finally arrived in the United States after years spent waiting in the camp, LSF helped them with clothing, donated furniture, job placement, and school supplies for the younger children. The children now attend local elementary, middle, and high schools in the Tampa Bay area. And Mr. Adio works with LSF to help resettle more families from Somalia and the surrounding region.