In a recent interview with WAVE-3 News in Louisville, Ky., incoming Burmese/Karen first-year student Eh Nay Thaw ’18 (pictured right) shared his fascinating life story — a tale of transformation from the squalor of a refugee camp to the relative safety of the U.S. and, this coming fall, a spot in Centre College’s Class of 2018.
Thaw, 18, came to America in 2007 as a refugee from Burma, a country in southeast Asia, also known as Myanmar. He and his family now reside in Louisville, Ky.
In February 2014, Thaw shared the story of the Karen people and his escape from the Burmese genocide during the Centre convocation titled “The Hidden Reality of Burma.” He also talked about his time in refugee camps, his eventual access into the United States and his plans to attend Centre next fall — making him the first in his family to ever attend college.
Thaw says he hopes to one day become an international diplomat so he can return to Burma and help the Karen people.
“I want to be able to study here, graduate here and be able to graduate and help my people.”
View the complete WAVE-3 News interview here: Burma refugee receives scholarship to prestigious college.
Find Thaw’s full story from the Centre convocation here: From Burma to the Bluegrass: Eh Nay Thaw ’18 tells life story at eye-opening convocation.
(Myanmar military photo by Peerapat Wimolrungkarat)