Aung Mo and Paw Khee
Aung Mo and his wife Paw Khee arrived in America March, 18, 2008. They have been getting adjusted to America, learning English at GTCC, and Aung Mo settling into a steady job in High Point.
Aung Mo was in the Mae Le Refugee Camp for one year. He arrived from the village of Kama in the Pha Ah division of Karen State. He had left his village because the junta soldiers forced the villagers to be porters and made them homeless. They had to carry rice, guns and do other forced labor like building roads.
He had lived in Kama since he was a child. He has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He is the youngest of the family. He is forty years old. His parents are already dead. His two sisters stayed at Kema, two are dead, and a brother has immigrated to Australia. His mother died many years ago, the father died one year ago. There was no church in Kama, most are Buddhist.
Aung Mo met Paw Khee while visiting the refugee camp in 1994. They got married at that time. They are both Poe Karen. Paw Khee’s famiy was Christian, and they introduced Aung Mo to Christ. His wife’s family has 2 sisters and 2 brothers, her father is still alive. Paw Khee’s father does not have his ID yet but they want to immigrate soon. Her father did not get his ID because he was away working in Thailand at the time of registration. Paw Khee’s family has also been at the camp for one year. She is from Dha Karen. Aung Mo and Paw Khee have pictures on the wall of their apartment, to remind them of their family.
Aung Mo was a migrant worker in Thailand. While he was in Thailand he used a two man hand saw to cut timber. The lunber crew used elephants to pull the timber out of the woods. When Aung Mo was in the jungle he saw some Burmese pythons that were not very large. They would only eat a rabbit, mice or rats. He also helped to plant and harvest rice. He often stayed at the Thai/Burma border.
Aung Mo learned to butcher a deer when he saw someone dress out a deer and he has rendered many a deer for food. Last year he led a team of High Point Burmese in rendering a deer that had been hit by a car in front of my house.
Aung Mo is our bus captain who takes attendance and helps to board and debark passengers each Sunday on our church bus that picks up non-driving Burmese. Paw Khee continues her studies in ESL at GTCC during the week. They live in the William and Mary apartments.