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November Moo

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November Moo was born in Mae Ra Moe refugee camp in Thailand in 1999. Her family resettled in the United States in 2011 and they live in Minnesota.

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My name is November. I was born in Mae Ra Moe refugee camp in Thailand. In 2011 my mom applied to come to the U.S to look for new opportunities. A month later we got a permission slip that said we can go to the U.S. On our way to the airport we had to carry an IOM bag that the staff gave us. When we were on the bus the whole thing was quiet. No one was talking. After we got off the bus we had to walk like 5 minutes to the airport. My family didn't know how to speak Thai so it was difficult for us. We didn't know where to go and the security called an interpreter for us that could speak Burmese. When the interpreter arrived my mom started to ask him where to go. He had a conversation with my mom, and then he told us to run to the airport.

Maybe we didn’t have much time left. And he ran too. I wondered why didn't he wait for us. My mom’s shoe fell off and she couldn't run anymore. I knew my mom was exhausted, so I ran as fast as I can to catch the interpreter guy. I tried to tell him my mom was exhausted, but he yelled at me to keep running. I pulled his hand and grabbed his shirt and showed him where my mom was. With a loud and nervous voice I told him, “Do you not see her? She cannot run anymore!” But he just turned back around and started to run again. He didn't give a damn about us at all0.

We tried to walk slowly for our mother so she wouldn’t feel dizzy and exhausted. Fortunately we still got on the plane on time. When the plane went up I felt like I'm in a peaceful world because there was nothing around me. I didn’t have to worry about people who was not helpful to me.

When we arrived to Minnesota on the first night, I felt like I wanted to go back to Thailand because I left a lot of things behind like my best friend and my dog. When I started to realize that I couldn't go back, I decided to build my American dream here in the United States. I started to go to school and meet a lot of people. Some of them are dissimilar for me, but we get along very well. I know I can make friends without difficulty, even though whose languages I didn't know how to speak. Now I'm very proud of myself that I get to talk about my journey and I am [inaudible].

As you can see, I'm in eleventh grade without worries for a single thing. I'm ready for anything that comes along.