165 STORIES TAGGED ‘REFUGEES’

Back to school for refugee camp students

August 27, 2011  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The heavy monsoon rains hammered the north of Thailand in early and middle August, breaking the banks of the Mae Sariang River in Mae Hong Song province and flooding two refugee camps and nearby villages. The floodwaters destroyed 400 houses in the camps, made 2,000 people h... Read more ►

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

August 22, 2011  •  Author: Naw Htoo Paw

The ethnic people of Burma are having a hard time. Burma Army soldiers are targeting women in the Kachin and Shan State for rape. Villagers are used as forced labour for the Burma Army. Development projects mean forced relocation and slave labour. Half a million ethnic peopl... Read more ►

I Am Both Angry And Grateful To The International Community

August 19, 2011  •  Author: Zoya Phan

I don’t think many people in the west have any real understanding of what it is like to be driven out of your country, to have to flee for your life, leaving your possessions, friends, everything you know behind you, and never knowing if or when you will ever being able to... Read more ►

Heavy floods battered refugee camps

August 9, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Residents of Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp in northern Thailand are bracing themselves against further flooding that has already swamped 400 houses, made 2,000 people homeless, destroyed 2,000 sacks of rice and hundreds of bags of other essential foodstuffs. Heavy monsoon ra... Read more ►

Hundreds of refugee homeless after camp floods

August 8, 2011  •  Author: Nan Thoolei

August heavy monsoon rains have been lashing the northern area along the Thai Burma border. The constant deluge broke the banks of Mae Sariang River in Mae Hong Song province after the constant pressure from the floodwaters. This had a devastating effect on Mae Ra Ma Luang ... Read more ►

Tak Governor cranks up the pressure on Burmese refugees

July 27, 2011  •  Author: Karen News reporters

Mr Samart Loifah, the governor of Tak Province, sent shockwaves through the Burmese refugee camps when he told reporters earlier this week that Thai authorities had been discussing with Burmese officials the possibility of closing the border camps. Mr. Loifah also speculate... Read more ►

Part 2: The Elephant and the Sesame Seed – Refugee education hit hard by severe budget cuts

July 27, 2011  •  Author: Ma Night Awa

International funds for Burmese refugees living in Thailand are being slashed — ZOA, a major educational donor plans to stop operating in the camps by 2012. Recent budget cuts to international educational organisations operating in seven refugee camps along the Thai-Bu... Read more ►

World refugee day not a cause for celebration

June 26, 2011  •  Author: Eh Na

Saw The Blay, has spent 27 of his 34 years as a Karen refugee in Mae La refugee camp in Tak, Thailand and says he regrets not being able to live in his homeland. “I want to go back, but I dare not to go back. We cannot go home because there is no security – nothing but f... Read more ►

Budget cuts force teachers out

June 22, 2011  •  Author: Eh Na

Budget cuts affecting an educational INGO that operates in seven refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border have put additional burdens on refugee families struggling to provide for their children’s schooling. An official at ZOA Refugee Care Thailand, a Netherlands-based ... Read more ►

Music for the people!

June 22, 2011  •  Author: Cha Mu

A group of Karen refugee musicians and aritsts have got together to paint, write and sing about their hurts, love and their revolution. The group got together in 2006 determined to change misperceptions that refugees are nothing more than a needy rabble. Kweh Say, a founding... Read more ►

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