This You Tube video features Russell Hayes and includes footage of the Salman family at their new home in Idaho. Matt Roloff is mentioned at 3:10 in the video.
There are a few more details about the Salman family, the people featured on last night's episode of Little People, Big World. After the show, some viewers were wondering whether the family would stay in the United States or returned to Iraq. Some viewers were also wondering how they were able to obtain a visa to come to the United States in the first place.
This article explains it all and has several interesting details that were not covered in the episodes. The article is primarily about Russell Hayes involvement, who is the American soldier who made it his mission to get the Salman family help. The article states that the producers of Little People, Big World have provided valuable assistance to the family.
As of September 2009, the Salman family were renting a home next to Russell Hayes and his family in Idaho.
Here is some of the article:
The American soldier's heart immediately went out to the family, but he realized there was not much he could do to help. The family had sought the help of local doctors, but little assistance could be found.
Then a series of frightening events changed the course for the Salman family. Mr. Salman had been working as a laborer with a few of his relatives inside the U.S. military "Green Zone" outside Baghdad.
One day he was approached by a group of Iraqi insurgents demanding that Mr. Salman and his relatives help them kill Americans. They refused and trouble began.
Two of Mr. Salman's relatives were abducted a short time later. One would later die from the beatings he endured at the hands of his captors. The Salmans found themselves in grave danger. Because Mr. Salman was being targeted for his association with the U.S. government, the family was eligible to apply for a special refugee visa that would allow them to move to the United States.
Brother Hayes took the lead role in working to secure the visa. He was granted permission to spend extra time working on the request by a high-ranking officer based in Baghdad. That man, a full colonel, was also the father of a child with dwarfism.
Last June, the Salman family left Iraq and moved to the United States
Abdul and Warda Salman and their children are practicing Muslims. Their beliefs are dramatically different from those of their new American friends. "But Mr. Salman himself sometimes says to me 'mua'geza, mua'geza,' — which is Arabic for 'a miracle.'
The Salmans are now renting a home next to the Hayes home in Kuna, Idaho. Although the family members no longer fear for their lives, they still face many challenges. Leaving Iraq and settling in English-speaking western Idaho has been a huge culture shock. There are not many Iraqis or Muslims in Kuna. There have been a few misunderstandings along the way.
"But despite that, we all love each other," said Brother Hayes.
The local Church members have also done much to help, donating furniture and cooking and kitchen supplies to help the Salmans settle into their new home.
The producers of the popular television program "Little People, Big World" have also provided valuable assistance to the Salman family.
The children who have dwarfism are still in need of costly surgeries. Mr. Salman, meanwhile, is hoping to soon enroll in a barber college. "We're doing all that we can to help the family become self-sufficient," said Brother Hayes, who also directs the International Dwarf Advocacy Association.
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