By Mayra Flores De Marcotte
The transition from the family's small Burmese jungle village with no electricity or running water to an apartment in the city of Campbell has been a challenging, but welcome, change for the refugees who arrived in California last November by charter plane from Melee, one of nine Burmese refugee camps in Thailand.
"Do you know what a bow and arrow is?" asks Finigan.
The teenager just looks up at him and shakes his head.
"They are used to hunt. Do you hunt back in Burma? Or do they use guns?" he ask.
"They use guns," Thar Hto Lay says quietly.
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