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No way home – yet?

As the world commemorates refugee week, in Thailand’s largest refugee camp ethnic Karen refugees who fled conflict in Burma struggle with homesickness, discrimination and apprehension of what they’ll find when they return over the border. Ma Tway considers the uncertainty of her future, takes a long stare into nothing, before answering, “living in a Mae La refugee camp has been…

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Japan to open Myawaddy information center for refugees

Mr. Yuki Nishimori, a consultant with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that is working on assessing the potential for development projects for the Japanese government in Mon and Karen State, met with officials from the Karen National Unions’s liaison office in Myawaddy to discuss opening an information center on issues related to refugee and internally displaced people. The meeting…

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Despite complaints – Mae Fah Luang Foundation to continue refugees profiling

Following complaints about a refugee profiling survey been carried out by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation (MFLF) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Mae La refugee camp, officials met to discus the issues of complaint and agreed to continue its surveying. Saw George, vice chairperson of the Karen Refugees Committee (KRC), said that…

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Dengue fever kills three refugees

A Karen Women’s Organisation staff member who has just returned from Nu Poe refugee camp estimated that there are as many as 200 dengue fever cases. Karen News is led to understand that two Nu Poe camp residents died in recent days from complications associated with dengue fever. In a separate incident Karen News has learnt that a 2-year-old girl…

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Burma’s Kachin State War Preys On Most Vulnerable

A new report by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) raises concerns over how the Burma government’s war against the Kachin has greatly increased the risk of human trafficking along the China-Burma border, with young girls or women targeted. The report, titled ‘Pushed to the Brink’, states that the displacement of over 100,000 people over the past two years, lack…

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Karen leader: “Not the time to send refugees and displaced back…”

The Karen National Union’s general secretary, Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, in an exclusive interview with Karen News explains why now is not the right time to return refugees or displaced people. “When there is no more fighting and no more human right violations, they [displaced people] can start to rebuild their lives. Since we don’t have a concrete ceasefire, we…

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Still not safe to send back refugees

Following three days of discussion representatives from organizations working on refugee issues along the Thai-Burma border, refugee representatives, civil society groups, political leaders agreed that the current situation in Burma is not safe for refugees to return. Over 40 representatives including the United Nation High Commission on Refugee, Refugee Camps Committees, The Border Consortium, Karen National Union, Thai official from…

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Refugees wary of Govt repatriation ‘pilot’

For the first time since 1974 the Burma government has met with the Karen Refugee Committee in Hpa-an Town. The government put forward its plan to KRC that they wanted to ‘trial a pilot project’ to take back about 50 refugees households who are now living in camps on the Thai Burma border. On April 26, over 30 members of…

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Japan offers Mae Ra Mo and Mae La Oon refugees resettlement opportunity

Refugees from the Mae Ra Mo and Mae La Oon refugee camps, in Mae Hong Son District, on the Thai-Burma border, who are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have been given permission to apply for resettlement in Japan. The UNHCR issued an announcement stating families can apply for resettlement at its office, located at the…

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Refugee camps on high fire alert

Following the recent fire that killed 39 refugees and destroyed the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, people living in camps along the Thai Burma border are scared that their respective camps are firetraps. As precautionary measure, refugee camp officials have put in place compulsory measures. Residents have been told that they have to fill plastic bags with sand and water…

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