|A learning centre in Hser’s name brings joy to refugees.|
Just over two years ago, 7 year old Hser Ner Moo disappeared on March 31, 2008. She was part of an immigrant community – a member of a family looking for a new life in America. However, tragedy struck and reverberated around that community when Hser Moo was abducted, assaulted and murdered.
When she disappeared, an Amber alert was issued. Why that was done, we will never know because Hser Moo did not meet the criteria for an Amber alert. The involvement of a vehicle was never established nor suggested.
Hser Moo was later found murdered in a nearby apartment. According to Utah police, Esar Met, 21, admitted to authorities that he killed her before trying to hide her body. He admitted to attempting to hold the child "by force" and she died, according to a Salt Lake County statement.
Whilst we await a conclusion to this child’s tragedy, a centre created in Hser Ner Moo’s honour now brings joy.
The centre bears the name of Hser Ner Moo and is full of life. Like Hser Ner Moo, all the children are immigrants and, between them, they speak 27 different languages. They meet daily for help with learning – including how to speak, read and write English – as well as participating in other activities. They also eat dinner together.
The centre is a success story. It is no more than an apartment donated by the owners of the complex where Hser Ner Moo lost her life. It is not far from where she was found - but it is a centre of hope for a better life and bright future in their new country.
Since the Hser Ner Moo Centre was opened, donations, grants, and the United Way and South Salt Lake have kept it going, and growing. Currently, more than 70 children attend on a daily basis. Parents also attend English classes during the morning hours.
Anyone who wants to share in that success by volunteering their time or providing school supplies can contact the center at: 801-466-3238
You can find out more about the Hser Ner Moo Centre on:
View Hser's thread on the Find Madeleine forum HERE!
Hser Ner Moo’s fuller story can be read, courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune:
A refugee family's journey in America
A MISSING PEACE
The stories of Hser Ner Moo and Esar Met in 4 chapters with photographs - click on links below:
CHAPTER 1: Stolen hope: Daughter’s death comes after years of fear, running for a Burmese family
CHAPTER 2: Parents face delays, confusion in a slow wait for justice
CHAPTER 3: After an uneasy start in Utah, parents devastated by daughter’s death
CHAPTER 4: Fleeing grief A mother worries “We may not be able to regain the strength we had before.”