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County home to growing number of Chin refugees
County home to growing number of Chin refugees

On a recent Wednesday morning inside an Elkridge apartment, three foreign-speaking mothers gather around two volunteers to learn how to decrypt the English language. The mothers, all Chin natives, hover over elementary-level workbooks and flashcards, occasionally watching as one of their teachers stands to illustrate the meaning of simple words, such as "tail" and "wagging." Nearing the end of the lesson, the mothers are asked a few simple questions, to which one woman is able to answer, "I like pizza," and another that she prefers "Chin food." Then, the students are prodded for more reflective thoughts. They are asked about life as refugees. ...