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AUDIO: Karen refugees leave Burma for North Carolina
Over the past year a democratic wave has swept Buddhist Burma, also known as Myanmar. The changes have also included talks to end brutal clashes between the [dictatorial] government and a rebel group led by the Karen, an ethnic minority. That war has forced hundreds of thousands of ethnic Karen from the country, first to refugee camps, and then on to resettle elsewhere. In the US, it turns out that North Carolina is home to a growing Karen community.