Arriving from the Refugee Camp in Thailand

Arriving from the Refugee Camp in Thailand
The Mying Mying family

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jill's Latest Endeavor

My latest adventure is trying to help a refugee who came here in 2007 and who I met through the NoSa Lam family. I am trying to help his wife come here from Malaysia. She has been a refugee there for two years. They have been apart for seven years. This weighs on him a lot as they have been apart most of their married life and he feels his chances for having children are dwindling until she gets here.

I learned last night that Malaysia has no refugee camps, so the refugees who are there must pay for their own apartments, etc. They are registered by the UNHCR, and today on their site, I learned that 90% of the refugees there are from Myanmar (Burma). It is interesting to find out all the differences in refugee life.

So far I have not had luck with what this person asked me to do, but I will keep trying. I was able to contact the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia but they said the case number was not in their files, so I am waiting for the UNHCR field office to see if they reply.

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