Migrant school educates a new generation from Burma

August 17, 2014  •  Author: Tran Thien Kinh

The chatter of four teenaged Buddhist monks dressed in bright saffron robes breaks the silence of the morning peace, as they walk hand in hand the short distance from the Wat Nong Bua Burapha temple to a cluster of ramshackle buildings known as the New Blood School. Located ... Read more ►

Mae Sot Migrant Worker Campaign To Stop Dengue Kicks Off

August 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Community health workers in the Thai border town of Mae Sot have developed a health education campaign under the banner of Stop Dengue – Protect Your Family! Health workers said that the aim of the campaign is to combat the spread of the mosquito borne infection among the ... Read more ►

Laos, Burma and Cambodia Back Thai Labor Policies

July 15, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Officials from Burma, Laos and Cambodia gave their support to new Thai labor policies on regulating migrant workers. The new policies drafted by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) are intended to reduce problems and protect workers’ rights and conditions. The... Read more ►

Exiled by HIV/AIDS, Patients Speak Out

July 1, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An estimated 38 million people are living with HIV globally. Half a million of those are in Thailand and a further 200,000 in Burma. Yet HIV is treated with harsh stigma in the two countries, where people suffer discrimination, are abused – some kill themselves. People... Read more ►

Monk Donates 10,000 Textbooks to Migrants and Displaced schools

June 17, 2014  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

The Abbot from Dhamaduta monastery in Wanat Chaung village, Hmawbi Township, Yangon donated more than 10,000 sets of Burma school textbooks to Mae Sot based migrant learning centers and schools in displaced communities along the Thai Burma border. Ko Zaw Thu Ra, who made th... Read more ►

International Media Puts the Spotlight on use of ‘Slave Labor’ in Thailand’s Fishing Industry

June 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An extensive investigation by British newspaper, The Guardian, has uncovered evidence of endemic use of “slave” labour in Thailand’s fishing industry, with migrant workers being “beaten, tortured, and killed.” The investigation said that the 270,000 migrant workers... Read more ►

World Day Against Child Labor: Child Workers, Exploited and Mostly Forgotten

June 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

To commemorate World Day Against Child Labour, Karen News spoke to child workers who scrape a meager living from collecting garbage in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot. Too poor to go to school, they work unnoticed, working long days to help support their families. The ... Read more ►

“I Want To Go To School, But I Need To Help Mum…”

June 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Child migrant workers in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot struggle to earn enough to survive, working in dirty, difficult and dangerous work, many miss out on an education and are vulnerable to exploitation. To mark World Day Against Child Labour, Karen News followed th... Read more ►

Thailand’s Military Coup A Headache For Migrant Workers

June 3, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

Migrant workers from Burma are finding that life has just become much more complicated following Thailand’s military coup on May 22, with the military closing border crossings and a nationwide curfew disrupting their travel. Saw Ye Tun Zaw, a migrant worker in Bangkok, sai... Read more ►

Migrants March in Solidarity for International Workers’ Day

May 1, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Hundreds of workers gathered in Mae Sot’s district office today to march through the town and along Asia Highway in solidarity for workers worldwide and to demand their rights and better working conditions for migrants working in Thailand. Shouting “Fair opportunities fo... Read more ►

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