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To Stand on Their Own Two Feet: Wilmington's Burmese Community


Imagine having to run from your home, for your life, never stopping to look back or to return. 

This is a reality for the more than 4,000 refugees from Burma, also known as Myanmar, who have resettled in North Carolina in the past decade to escape a brutal military regime. In New Hanover County, 90 percent of the refugees served by Interfaith Refugee Ministries are Burmese.

WHQR's Sara Wood spent time with the Burmese community, beginning with what seemed like another night at Wilmington International Airport. But as Interfaith Director Jamie Mills tells her, arrival of refugees is an extraordinary moment, filled with a great sense of hope.