It is from hearing the stories of those who have survived these challenging and horrific situations that we gain perspective and understanding, and develop empathy for the experiences that refugees face.

Draw strength and inspiration from these stories of courage and resiliency.

As a child, I lived in Thonze Town, Thar Yar Wa De Township, Bago Division in Myanmar. My parents were U Ba Khai and Daw Ngwe Shin. I have three sisters and two brothers. When I was five years old, I started school. In school I learned and spoke Burmese because it was the language of Myanmar. I was happy because I played together with many friends.

I liked vegetables, meat, fish, mango, bananas, and durian. My hobby was jumping rope. I liked the rainy season because I would run in the road and get completely wet. We didn’t need to shower later because we were clean. I was very happy. When I was 22 years old, I got married in an arranged marriage.

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