#T-134025 28 years ago 2-year-old Chanida Phaengdara Number T-134025 to Student “P” in 1st Grade A mother A father Seven children Asylum to the Land of 10,000 Lakes 100 degrees to -30 degrees Fahrenheit Food stamps, welfare, Northside housing The smell of moth balls became our second scent First shift, second shift, grave shift to survive the grind The American Dream? Just as long as we’re together as family The reality is: our elders are dying. We are all dying. But our stories don’t have to. The honesty in our past tell us about the struggles of those who came before us and reminds us what we try to understand in the present. Hug your elders. Listen to your family’s stories. Appreciate our shared journey of blood, sweat, and tears. In short, Happy World Refugee Day, fellow ‘fugees. -Chanida firstname.lastname@example.org
Uneven hairdo? Ragged clothes? Confused look? Yes, we’re talking about your refugee photo. June 20th is World Refugee Day.Join The#LaodRefugee Campaign with our partner Laos In The House by setting your profile photo to reflect your refugee days and tag us. We’ll feature you online. Like and share, if you’re a refugee. And if you haven’t found our Facebook or twitter page yet, it’s Little Laos on the Prairie and @littlelaosblog. #WorldRefugeeDay And if you happen to be in the Twin Cities, check out the Twin Cities World Refugee Day celebrations happening this weekend. More here.