Monday, 25 May 2015

A CHANCE MEETING - AT KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT

We were travelling back from Myanmar, via Kuala Lumpur in 2013. We grabbed a sandwich at an airport cafe and got talking to the guy who served us. He was a very modest Shan refugee from Myanmar, who lived in a refugee camp and had a work permit for some part time employment. He was married and had one child. His wife was still living Myanmar with their child.

Sang, told us about his life and the hardship he and his family faced in Myanmar. His years living in the refugee camp were difficult also, his wife had lived there with him until just after the birth of their baby, but she decided to go back home to family with the child for a time. They planned this to be just a brief time apart, but it turned into 3 years.

Both Sang and his wife had registered with the UN as refugees and had applied to be resettled in the USA. In 2013 he told us it may take a few years to happen, but they were willing to sacrifice living apart a few years for a longer term goal.

Social media can be a great thing, we connected via the mystery of the Internet with Sang before leaving. Now and then I have sent him a message asking Sang how things are going and he has replied in English the best he can.

Today, out of the blue I got this message "hello Robert how are you and your wife. My wife, our child and I are now in Texas". We wish them the best of luck and hope we hear how they progress with this huge change in their lives - may they always be well and happy.

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