Voices: Burmese Muslims in Cache Valley, Utah: Kaung Lay
Kaung Lay was born in Burma. When asked why he left Burma, Kaung Lay said that civil wars were ravaging the country, leading to much destruction and suffering. He and his family moved around several times inside Burma to escape the violence, until finally leaving the country for Thailand. The worst part, however, was the actual move: his wife emigrated first, taking their two children with her. Once they arrived they were able to earn a little money, allowing Kaung Lay to join them.
Kaung Lay and his family have been living here in Logan five or six years. Kaung Lay works at JBS Meat Packing plant in Hyrum, and Khin Mar Cho, his wife, sews clothing to help supplement their income. He is most proud of the fact that his children can go to school and get a good education for free. His greatest dream is to see his children get good jobs, and not have to do hard physical work like he does.