HORSHAM’S Eh Shee and Dah Noh lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for about a decade of their lives.
Both women were born in Myanmar (formally Burma), but now call Australia home.
Eh Shee is 23 years old and she spent half her life in a refugee camp.
She said she was about 11 years old when she moved from Myanmar to the camp in Thailand. She remembered the camp being very busy.
Eh Shee said she had only been in Australia for two months, but said she was happy to be living here.
At first she lived with her sister who came to Australia before her, but now she lives with her cousin after her sister got married and moved to Geelong.
She said in her spare time she liked cooking, cleaning and helping her cousin with her baby.
Eh Shee said she was trying hard to improve her English and was taking a course at the Centre for Participation.
“When my English is good, I want to work in a restaurant. I like cooking,” she said.
Dah Noh said she lived in a refugee camp for 10 years and during that time she had five children.
She said she had been in Australia for 10 years and liked everything about the country. She said her children were also very happy to be here.
Dah Noh spends her spare time cooking, cleaning, washing and taking her children to school.
But in the future she wanted to work in a garden growing vegetables and flowers.
Dah Noh is also taking a class to improve her English.