In 2005, 10,000 Burmese refugees headed to the United States. Three-thousand currently live here in Illinois, with about 40 to 50 families in Rockford.
Rockford Urban Ministries organized a program at Centennial United Methodist Church to help break the language barrier, and help local people get a better understanding of their new Burmese neighbors.
Enrique Gonzalez Pastor of the Centennial United Methodist Church says, "These people do not speak the main language of Burma, they speak one of the dialects, they speak Karen, so they have three different types of Karen, so we're in the middle of a huge dilemma of trying to understand better this community."
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