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Free Burma Rangers scheduled to talk to community

WORTHINGTON -- This evening, community members will get a chance to learn why some of their Burmese neighbors are here in Worthington.

In recent years, the city has seen an influx of refugees from Myanmar. Worthington is currently home to over 250 families.

According to Burmese and Karen Community Director for First Baptist Church, Htun Naing, the population in Worthington consists mainly of Karen, Kayah, Mon and Burmese people. The former three are ethnic groups in Myanmar.

From 7:30 to 9 p.m. today, First Baptist Church will be hosting a free community event, "Relief for Burma: An Evening with Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers."

According to its website, Free Burma Rangers (FBR) organization is a "multi-ethnic humanitarian service" which brings relief to those in Myanmar's war zones.

Eubank, FBR founder, will speak about the organization and its mission.

"We'll try to connect the dots because we have refugees here in Worthington even though it's a rural area," Naing explained.

Also on the agenda will be an insight, by Eubank, on lives of Karen and other ethinicities in Myanmar.

Typically without resettlement agencies, Naing said the resettlement process is difficult.

"But people are surviving here in Worthington without any agencies." Naig added.

He hopes the event will expand the community's knowledge on organizations which work to help those in war-torn areas.

"Saving people's lives is not an easy job," he said. "I hope they can realize that they can support somehow, someway, these type of organizations in the world."