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Thai Authorities Refuse Sanctuary to 2009 Villagers Seeking Safety from Burma Military Airstrikes

The villagers who were forced back by the Thai authorities to the Burma side of the border are now too afraid to go back to their homes in Ei Tu Hta because of the threat of airstrikes and are now taking refuge in makeshift jungle hideouts. Thai news media reported the Thai government said they were not prepared to interfere…

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Second Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge Plans to Open End of October

Preparations are underway to start operation of the 2nd Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge, connecting the Thai border town of Mae Sot in Tak Province and the Burma border town of Myawaddy in Karen State, by October 30, 2019. Union Minister U Thant Zin Maung from the Ministry of Transport and Communications travelled to Myawaddy on October 5 to inspect the readiness…

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*Dengue season’s extra sting

Specialists are predicting this year’s outbreak of the deadly fever could have life-threatening consequences for people across the region Dr Pipat is a worried man. As head of the paediatric department and deputy director of Mae Sot Hospital, he fears that 2015 is going to be a bad year for dengue cases. “I am concerned. We know that this year…

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Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clarifies Its Position On Refugee Return

Following intense media speculation, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released a media statement on Thursday 17 July in an attempt to cool speculation that the refugee camps on the Thai Burma border were about to be closed and residents sent back to Burma. The MFA’s press release highlighted four main points and underlined that a recent meeting between Thailand and…

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Border boomtown: A tale of winners and losers

Between Thailand and Myanmar, the town of Mae Sot is experiencing rapid economic growth. But the story of success is a double-edged sword, with migrant workers struggling to live, even as the town gets richer. The border town of Mae Sot is undergoing an unprecedented boom, riding on Myanmar’s rapid opening up and its strategic position as a regional transport…

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