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Borany's Story (Refugee Migration)

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Anna Lee

on 3 December 2014

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Transcript of Borany's Story (Refugee Migration)

Borany's Story
Push factors:
The Khmer Rouge were threatening people to leave the city as they wanted everyone to be equal like a communism and work in the countryside. If they found out that Borany's family lived in the city and worked with American or French people, the Khmer Rouge would kill the family.
Pull Factors
Vietnam were invading Cambodia as well as taking over Khmer Rouge so Borany and her family decided to move out of Pursat as the war could cause more deaths in her family.
(While they moved out)
Borany and her mother had to travel at night through the jungle near the village so they could be more safe.
Crossing border area to Thailand was dangerous because some people had been killed, as the area was mined.
During the journey they heard Vietnamese soldiers shouting
Borany and her family had to pass a mine which had been exploded.
Economically the family lost everything while living in Pursat. For example, the Khmer Rouge took their radio and promised to send chicken in return but the family never received the chicken from the Khmer Rouge. So socially the health of the family worsened as they starved, this caused many deaths. The book stated that Borany's grandfather, dad, 2 uncles, auntie, uncle's wife, cousins, little sister and grandmother died in Pursat. Culturally Borany's family had to speak Cambodian instead of French while they wore black clothes. Environmentally Pursat was a quiet
Pull Factors
Borany had a cousin who was studying for a scholarship in New Zealand before the war so the family decided to move out of the refugee camp and join their cousin.
Borany and her mother had to wait to be accepted to go to NZ
The family had to move camps two times
Socially, Borany got a new little brother when she stayed at the 2nd refugee camp and she hasn't been to school for 6 years.
(While staying in NZ)
Borany couldn't speak English
Children teased Borany as she was older than the other kids.
The house was often too cold to stay in.
The school work was hard as she didn't go to school for 6years.
Borany was scared that kids would find out that she was a refugee.
Environmentally the weather and climate in NZ was colder than Cambodia, so Borany's family had to light the fire place and turn on the heater at once. Borany states "I remember thinking, "Is t this cold in New Zealand?"". The cultural consequences of moving into NZ was that she couldn't speak English so this affected Borany socially by her having trouble with meeting new friends. Economically the family received a good house from the sponsors, but Borany didn't like how the house was far away from Wellington High. Borany says "When I thought about all the people together at Wellington High, I felt very sad. I really wanted to go there, but it was too far away."
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