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Hmong Refugees Await New Home

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Hmong Refugees Await New Home

More Than 15,000 Live in Limbo on Grounds of Thai Temple

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Young Hmong boys playing at Wat Tham Krabok. Doualy Xaykaothao hide caption

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Doualy Xaykaothao

The United States will open a refugee resettlement program for more than 15,000 ethnic Hmong or Lao who are living illegally on the grounds of Wat Tham Krabok, a famous Buddhist temple in Thailand.

They have been in limbo for many years, unable to return to Laos and unwelcome in Thailand.

As Doualy Xaykaothao reports, the U.S. decision was prompted by a sense of obligation to a people who fought and died alongside Americans during the Vietnam conflict.