July 30, 2011

Transit Camps

The refugees at the border camps eventually got interviewed, accepted, and settled in a country: Australia, Denmark, French, Sweden, Malaysia, and others. Many got accepted by the US. All the lucky refugees had to be transported to Panatnikhom camp for a month or so to complete paper work and health screening before flying to the final destination.

For those who went to the US, they had to go to either Bataan or Galang to study English and learn about the life in America

Below are the links to the news and pictures of the camps that had become part of our journey to freedom. Gaylord Barr captured those moments when he worked at the camps as an English teacher.

- Pulau Galang Refugee Camp - Indonesia
- Bataan - Philippines Refugees Processing Center (PRPC)
- Panatnikhom (to come)


July 14, 2011

Translator Lights Way for Newcomers

Sean Do, or Do Chi Sieu as he is known to many refugees at the border camps, was highlighted in an article in the San Francisco Examiner back in 2000.
To refresh your mind, Sean Do can speak and write fluently English, French, Danish, Cambodia, Vietnamese, and the popular Chinese Chew-Chow, as well as several other Chinese dialects.
At the camps, Sieu was always a hope to many refugee who looked for him for help. Here is the US, Sean is a light that shines the way to many people who just simply get lost in a strange legal system
Please click on the article image and zoom in  to read

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