Ask a refugee from Burma living in Colorado, and they will tell you they are very grateful for the opportunity to live in the USA. Ask the Colorado residents about the 3,000 refugees from Burma, or the 20,000-30,000 refugees total living in Denver, and most will tell you they’ve never heard of them and do not know they exist. Colorado receives approximately 300-500 refugees from Burma each year. Each refugee shares a unique tragedy from where they come from, and yet their stories are very much the same.
Many refugees have been fleeing a brutal regime for decades; living and hiding without food, clean water, shelter, or medicine. Some have lost loved ones needlessly – killed by violence, or killed by preventable illnesses like diarrhea, malaria, or respiratory infections. As they transition into a new life here in Denver, their challenges often remain immense. We know that by allowing their story to become part of our story, together we can write a better future for all.