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Big Dreams

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Refugee Moms Find Warm Embrace from Nurses

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Tin Tin Aye sits on the floor in her Iowa apartment, laughing and stacking building blocks with her son who’s almost two. Her bright smile camouflages the chaos that drove her from her family and her country as a child.

At 12, she fled Burma alone in search of safety and an education.

“It was very scary. I worried that if I got sick, no one would take care of me,” said Tin Tin, now 25.

But staying home was even more frightening.

“We lived in a small village. The Burmese soldiers always came to our village. We had to run and escape. They burned all the rice and the houses and we had to rebuild. It is very

Tin Tin Aye with her son Jason