158 STORIES TAGGED ‘REFUGEES’

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 ►

John McCain urged government to release political prisoners

June 15, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

United States Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) visited Thailand last month ahead of meetings scheduled with Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese government officials, a visit that included stops at the Mae La refugee camp and the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot. The former U.S. presidentia... Read more ►

Karen shun foreign investment in eastern Burma

June 15, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Karen National Union (KNU) officials issued a statement opposing local or foreign investment in eastern Burma and urged Thai authorities to abandon any plans for the repatriation of tens of thousands of Karen refugees living in camps along the border. KNU officials met for t... Read more ►

Repatriation raises many questions and no answers

June 13, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

As talk persists about repatriation of Burmese refugees living along Thailand’s western border, a refugee leader said he sees no possibilty for the safe return of tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons in the immediate future. Saw Tun, leader of the Mae La ref... Read more ►

REPATRIATION: A Crime to Go Home

June 8, 2011  •  Author: Blacktown

Recent moves by the Thai government to send back refugees from Burma have spurred fears among the 140,000 estimated refugees living in camps along the Thai-Burma border. Thailand’s National Security Council secretary, General Tawin Pleansri, told local media recently that ... Read more ►

Rain and cold a crisis for new refugees

June 7, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Community organisations delivering aid to refugees recently displaced by fighting in Karen state are worried the recent cold weather and heavy rain along the border are a health risk for the 12,000 people taking shelter in makeshift hiding sites. Community health workers w... Read more ►

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