Refugee's Pain Replaced With Pride

 
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Photo by JAMM AQUINO

Jul 30, 2011

by Michael Tsai Honolulu Star-Advertiser

John Nyunt figures he'll have three to five minutes to tell his story, 10 if he's really lucky.

He could be afforded an entire afternoon and it wouldn't be enough to convey to his Capitol Hill audience just the reasons why he so boldly stood up to the military government in Myanmar all those years ago, or the fortitude it took to survive the seven dehumanizing years he spent as a political prisoner, or the joy he now feels as a full-fledged American citizen.