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Resettled Refugees, Seeking Peace in America, Find Gun Violence Instead

June 27 - The Trace/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Da Ku’s 12th birthday party seemed a lifetime away from the ramshackle refugee camp on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, where he was born.


Friends and family arrived at his aunt’s house in a steady stream, carrying armfuls of supplies to an increasingly crowded kitchen. The food reflected their past home (Burmese rice noodles, pork meatballs) and their new one in Wisconsin (white-frosted cake, topped with a plastic hunter stalking a toy deer).


But a conspicuous absence in the festivities served to remind Da Ku and his family that America had not proved to be the safe harbor they had hoped.


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Da Ku, 12, Hser Blut, 10, Ca Tri Na, Htee Moo, 13, and Dah Ku Hser, 7, pictured at the children’s aunt’s house for Da Ku’s 12th birthday. (Photo by Michelle Kanaar)