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This teenage refugee found a new start on Mercer Island

Mohamed Imran fled Myanmar to escape the Rohingya Genocide.

SEATTLE — Mohamad Imran was just 13 when he was smuggled out of Myanmar to escape the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. Imran traveled through Thailand and spent over a year in a Malaysian jail before the UN could secure his refugee status and transport him to America. Imran landed Seatac airport where he met his foster family through Refugees Northwest. From there, the teen was able to get back in touch with his family and start high school. Now 18, this Mercer Island High School junior joins New Day Northwest to talk about his odyssey, getting back in touch with his family, and his hopes for the future. 

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Contact Refugees Northwest to learn more about becoming a foster parent at fostercare@refugeesnw.org

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