Teenage life is tough for anyone. But for Karen youth coming to the U.S. as refugees, life can be even more complicated.
Many refugee youths are thrown into schools with little to no language skills. They face the almost impossible task of adapting to their new culture while at the same time preserving their Karen heritage. On top of all this, like all teens, they still have their own identity to figure out.
It’s a lot to ask.
Meet Paw Paw Wei, a 16-year-old high school sophomore living in North Carolina with her family. Like many refugee youths, Paw Paw struggles to juggle the many, often conflicting, demands placed on her shoulders.
This is part of her story.
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