SALT LAKE CITY — Hassan Barat Ali Hassan stood inside Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday, surrounded by his family and hundreds of well-wishers, and expressed optimism for the days ahead.
“We came here with a big hope to build a bright future for our children, so they will be able to get education and also higher education,” said Ali Hassan, whose mother, wife and five children likely will be the final refugees accepted into Utah for at least four months.
All but Ali Hassan’s mother — who will join the group in Utah on Friday — arrived Thursday to begin their new life thousands of miles away from their home country of Afghanistan.
More than 200 supporters were on hand to send a message that the new refugee family is welcome in Utah. Loud cheers went up as the family filed into the terminal’s baggage …