Eh Doh, at 62, can’t help but smile at the thought of starting a whole new life at his age, though that is just what he’s in the process of doing.
A native of Burma (also known as Myanmar), Doh and his family have spent the last 17 years in refugee camps in Thailand. Like thousands of others, they were forced to flee their village due to attacks from the Burmese militia, who have long targeted certain ethnic groups, such as their tribe, known as “Karen.”
Now Doh’s family, along with two other refugee families, are in temporary residence at Jubilee Partners in Comer.
“I feel like a small bird that has flown from the nest,” Doh said in halting English. “I will only look to the future and I will not look back.”
For Doh and his family, the future means a new way of life in America, and eventually, American citizenship.
“They will be American citizens in five years, after going through the naturalization process,” said Jennifer Drago, a counselor who lives and works at Jubilee.
And Doh’s aspirations for his children are not so different from any father’s. He hopes to be able to help guide them in this new world, and he hopes that each will find productive work.
“That’s what I want for them,” he said.
That work will likely consist of factory work, such as at a chicken processing plant or as a housekeeper for the hospitality industry.
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