The 17 year old son was supposed to translate for us but he ended up going to school. The mother is having a very hard time. The daughter we met was beautiful, all smiles, and the 17 year old son is amazing.
Our second family is also from Burma; they met and married in a refugee camp and were there for 10 years. There are two parents and three children (two daughters, ages 5 and 7, and a 1 yr old son). We first met the mother, but she had to leave to pick up her 5 year old from school as soon as her husband got back from the store. This apartment was dirty; the roof was leaking and the carpet was wet. The complex was working on it but no one was there at the time. They had left their tools. They have one small square dining table and four chairs; the baby needs a high chair now but will need a dining chair before long. Their sofa should be replaced. Along with a TV that doesn’t work, it was the only thing in the living room. The family needs everything.
Our third family is a beautiful family also from Burma consisting of a mother and father, three sons, ages 10, 4, and 1, and a daughter, age 14. He served in the Karenni army. They walked for one week to get to the refugee camp. We did not find out how long they were there or if they met there. The apartment was very bare. We did not get to meet the two oldest children.
Our fourth family is from Burma as well. Like the other 3 families, the apartment of the fourth family was very bare. We only met the dad; the children were at school. He is a widower; his wife died of high blood pressure. He has seven children total, the two oldest are still in refugee camp in Thailand and two more adult children are in a different apartment. He walked for three days with six children and his wife to get to the refugee camp.