the world / by Cyrus

Came home from Burma to visit my family in Iowa for a quick minute. And realized about 2000 Karen and Karenni refugees live in neighboring Waterloo. Traditional rice wine was replaced with E&J and Manischewitz, but otherwise yesterday's Karenni New Year celebration made me feel like I never left Burma. #myanmar #burma #travel #portrait #karen #karenni #catholic #manischewitz #iowa #home

Came home from Burma to visit my family in Iowa for a minute. And realized that about 2,000 Karen and Karenni refugees live in neighboring Waterloo.  They traveled there to work in the meat packing plant in town after years in refugee camps in Thailand. 

Rice wine was replaced with E&J and Manischewitz, and there was snow on the ground, but otherwise yesterday's Karenni New Year celebration made me feel like I never left Burma.