Refugees hurt in crash still chase American dream


TONIGHT — THE 3 STORY OF TWO REFUGEE BROTHERS WHO CAME TO THE UNITED STATES FROM TANZANIA — IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE…..BUT WEEKS AFTER THEY GOT HERE — TRAGEDY STRUCK…. THE MEN SEVERELY INJURED IN A DEADLY CRASH… ELLEN..AS 24 HOUR NEWS EIGHT’S LEON HENDRIX REPORTS — THE CRASH HASN’T CRUSHED THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THESE YOUNG MEN…. 3 LEON HENDRIX REPORTING: THEY ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES — 5 MONTHS AGO… DAVID AND EMMANUEL KITULO… THE 18 AND 22 YEAR OLD MEN BORN IN THE CONGO… THEY SPENT MOST OF THEIR LIVES AT A REFUGEE CAMP IN TANZANIA…IT WASN’T LONG AFTER THEY GOT HERE THAT THEIR NEW LIVES WOULD COME TO A CRASHING HAULT…. A SINGLE CAR CRASH AS THE MEN AND THEIR SISTER TRAVELED WITH A FRIEND TO A WEDDING IN ILLINOIS….A SINGLE CAR WRECK ON I-280 KILLED THE DRIVER AND LEFT THE KITULO SIBBLINGS INJURED…. EMMANUEL AND DAVID WERE MOST SERIOUSLY INJURIED BOTH SUFFERING LIFE-THREATENING BRAIN INJURIES. THEY WERE AIRLIFTED FOR TREATMENT….THE KITULOS SPEAK SWAHILI AND VERY LITTLE ENGLISH. WE SPOKE TO THEM TODAY THROUGH AN INTERPRETER ….EMANUEL KITULO / REFUGEE INJURED IN CRASH / (( (TRANSLATED FROM SWAHILI) IF THIS ACCIDENT HADN’T HAPPENED I COULD BE WORKING NOW.) ))EMANUEL (TRANSLATED FROM SWAHILI) IT’S A PLAN OF GOD. MAYBE SOMETHING IS AHEAD FOR ME… I THINK THERE IS A GOOD PLABN FOR ME. ))LEON: EVENTUALLY THEIR CARE BROUGHT THEM HERE TO MARY FREE BED HOSPITAL IN GRAND RAPIDS…THEY GRADUATED FROM INPATIENT CARE LAST WEEK. DOCTORS SAY THE MEN ARE DOING REMARKABLY WELL…(( DR. DANIEL FECHTNER / MARY FREE BED REHABILITATION HOSPITAL // THESE TWO MEN ARE HAVING ABOUT THE BEST OUTCOME THAT I COULD IMAGINE. THEIR RECOVERY IS FASTER THAN MOST PEOPLE. THEY’RE ALREADY DOING BETTER THAN A LOT OF PATIENTS WHO’VE HAD SIMILAR OR EVEN MILDER INJURIES. ))LEON: THEIR RECOVERY THOUGH — HASN’T ALLOWED THEM TO RETURN TO THEIR JOBS AT A LOCAL TURKEY PROCESSING COMPANY….THEIR EARNINGS THEIR SUPPORTED THEIR FAMILIES AND NOW THEY’RE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL HELP…. DAVID 33:52 (SPEAKING IN SWAHILI) HERE THE BEST THING IS HAVING A JOB…..EMANUEL (( (TRANSLATED FROM SWAHILI) IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT AND IT IS STILL DIFFICULT. THATS WHY WE SAY WE PUT EVERYTHING INTO THE HANDS OF GOD.))LEON: THE FAMILY HAS WORKED WITH SAMARITAS — A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS REFUGEES SETTLE INTO THEIR NEW LIVES.FOR THEM — SETTLING HAS BEEN ESPECIALL ROUGH…. BUT STILL THEY’D DO IT AGAIN….BARELY HAVING A CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES….THEY’VE GOTTEN A TASTE OF SOMETHING SO MANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED….EMMAN UEL SUMMARIZING HIS FAVORITE THING ABOUT AMERICA IN ONE WORD…..((EMANUEL (SPEAKS IN SWAHILI) ))LEON: THAT’S SWAHILI — FOR FREEDOM…..IN GRAND RAPIDS — LEON HENDRIX — 24 HOUR NEWS EIGHT…. 3 MARLEE:.. 3 THE SAMARITAS ORGANIZATION IS WORKING WITH THE FAMILY TO SET UP A FUND TO COLLECT DONATIONS. AS SOON AS WE HAVE INFORMATION ON THAT – WE’LL POST IT ON WOOD T-V DOT COM… 3

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