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December 15, 2010

Burmese FlagThe first family we visited were Burmese. The family consisted of a father (24 YOA), mother (21 YOA), a three-year-old boy and a four month old boy. The father and mother were both born and raised in a refugee camp in Thailand. The older boy was born in the refugee camp and the younger boy in Arizona. The family moved to Arizona from Thailand in April 2010. The father works as a dishwasher while the mother cares for her children at home. Both parents have attended ESL classes. The fathers parents are currently living in the refugee camp in Thailand and have applied to come to the US through the UN. The mother seemed to be happy in Arizona and hopeful about her new life in America.

Burmese FlagThe second family visited was also from Burma. The family consisted of a father (23 YOA), mother (23 YOA), daughter (2 YOA), and one on the way (1 month pregnant). The father fled Burma about six years ago to avoid being inscripted into the Burmese Army. He and his wife lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for five years before coming to Arizona in April 2010. They both have family in Burma and Thailand who have applied to come to the US. The father finished High School while in the refugee camp and was a teacher. He is currently unemployed but looking for work. The mother works at a 99 cent store in Phoenix. The father likes playing the giutar as a hobby.

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