Building a new life : from a refugee camp in Thailand to an apartment in Austin, Texas
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Burma is home to one of the longest-running civil wars in the world, and Burmese refugees are the largest refugee group to arrive in the United States since 2008. The aim of this report is to help tell their story through testimonies of how individuals became refugees in the first place and what they experienced as a result. I have told their story in both a written narrative and a documentary video. I know that testimonies of the refugees in my story cannot impact the situation in Burma overnight, or in the short-term future, but I hope that by presenting a small segment of history in this report I will contribute to change and give voice to ordinary people involved in extraordinary events. I would like to thank all the refugees who helped make this report possible.