Another State of Burma
Yesterday I met two new people who are from Burma. Ywa Hay Thar is a 24 year old man who arrived yesterday. He communicates well in English and is living on Marlboro Street (High Point) with two other Burmese roommates. It was a privilege to say, “Welcome”, to strike up a friendship and try to help him get used to being with Americans.
I also met “Molly”. She has been here for awhile, living in Greensboro and just moved to High Point to live in the William and Mary apartments on Hamilton St. Molly is a single parent mother. She is the first person I met from a different state in Burma. Most of our people have been from the Karen and Chin regions but Molly is from Shan. Shan borders China and so many of the Burmese people of that state are Chinese.
In the map you will find the Chin state on the far left, bordered by India and Pakistan. On the lower far right is the Kayin state (where most of the Karens live). It is bordered by Thailand. Two states above is the Shan State. Most of the people of Shan are Buddhist. About 35% of the Karen are Christians and about 85% of the Chin are Christians.
In the Kachin State (far north) they are almost 100% Christian. Overall the country of Burma is still 85% Buddhist.