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Refugee teen from Myanmar drowns in Kansas City-area lake


HILLSDALE, Kan. (AP) — A teenage refugee from Myanmar who recently arrived in the U.S. with his family has drowned in a lake near Kansas City.

Om Kee Hata drowned Friday while swimming with friends in Hillsdale Lake. Miami County Capt. Mike Talcott said the death was accidental and that the 17-year-old "got tired, went under and didn't come back up," the Kansas City Star reported .

Hata arrived in the U.S. last year with his mother and four younger siblings, leaning heavily on soccer and faith. The Christian family fled religious persecution in Myanmar, a predominantly Muslim country.


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