Bye Bye’s Life Story
Bye Bye left Burma and fled to a refugee camp in Thailand in 1988. When he was very young there had been a student uprising in Burma followed by a subsequent crack down of the Burmese military. His father, two brothers and a sister, along with Bye Bye, had to leave for their safety. In ’89 they got into the Kom Mo Leh Khu refugee camp. He was in the camp 19 years. Bye Bye is the half brother-in-law of Maung Ei.
The Burmese refugees in the camps were not supposed to work in Thailand. But in his early years in the camp, Bye Bye along with his relatives, were able to sneak out and get jobs. Sympathetic Thai friends would help them find jobs. Bye Bye was able to learn some basic work skills, especially with carpentry. As time went on, the refugees were much more restrained from doing any work in Thailand. Some of the younger refugees that have come to High Point have never had a chance to learn any work skills.
Bye Bye’s brother-in-law, Maung Ei, and sister, Yu Maw came ahead of him to America. Actually when they fled to the refugee camp they weren’t even thinking about coming to America. But as some of the siblings had children and things got more strict they realized they would have to immigrate. Bye Bye arrived in America, with his father and brothers on March 15, 2008. He now has a job working in production at Marsh Furniture. He is also signed up to attend night school so that he can improve his English.