Life Story: Eh Htoo
There are two gentlemen attending our church named Eh Htoo. The one pictured here is twenty five, single and has been here since July of 2007 (that is the longest for this recent group of émigrés). Eh Htoo lived in refugee camps for ten years (ages 14 to 24). He lived in two camps. The first camp he was in was called Sho Klo. The second camp was Mae Lah. He moved from one camp to the other because the Burmese junta soldiers attacked the camp. These military men were called the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DBKA). The soldiers destroyed the camp. There were 100 people at the camp. Before they devasted the camp the refugees fled to the Mae Lah camp.
Last year Eh Htoo told my wife and I, he was born on January 1, 1983. A number of the refugees who could not remember their birthdays were assigned the January 1 date for refugee processing purposes. Eh Htoo’s sister was born in Sho Klo and his
younger siblings in the Mae Lah camp. He attended school at the camp completing the sixth grade (roughly equivalent to our 8th grade level). He came to America because he felt it would be safer. He went to school in both the Sho Klo camp and the Mae Lah camp.
After Eh Htoo came to America it was a whole year before his parents came. They arrived 3 weeks ago. Here are the names of the family members: Pa Kler (father), Kree(mother) Christiana, Ka Htoo, Lu Eh Say, Separ and Silva. They are pictured in this post.
Now that Eh Htoo is in America he wants to get more education. He will go to GTCC to study English . After he speaks English well he may go for his GED. Eh Htoo currently works about 30 hours a week at the Splish Splash car wash on south Main Street in Archdale. Around church on Sunday morning Eh Htoo takes most of the digital pictures included in this blog.