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Preview: Catholic Charities project helps refugees plant roots in Kansas City

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Beh Paw Gaw and her family spent 10 years in a Thai refugee camp after escaping war in Burma. They left a home with plenty of space to grow mangos, coconuts, bananas and papayas for a household where the nearest neighbor was only one step away.

The U.S. government resettled Gaw, her husband, Ta Mla, and their seven children in Kansas City in 2007. Ta Mla found work at a factory in St. Joseph, Mo. Beh Paw needed a flexible job she could work while raising young children that could help pay the rent when her husband's work was unstable.

Preview: Out in the tomato fields: Putting myself in the shoes of farmworkers

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Did you know that the yellow flowers produced by tomato plants eventually develop into tomatoes? I recently learned this and more important things when I visited one of the many tomato farms here in Immokalee. It was such a great opportunity for me to experience what a typical day of a farmworker is like.

(For privacy reasons, I am not using the name of the farm I visited.)

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