Workers and JACBA help Mae Sot fire victims

Victims of the fire that destroyed 24 rooms at the T.K.Lay CMC wool factory in Mae Sot, Thailand received a helping hand from migrant workers and local organisations after their living quarters were destroyed in the blaze.

The Mae Sot based organization, Joint Action Committee for Burma Affairs (JACBA), donated 15,000 Bahts to 24 households affected by the fire at the Mae Sot wool factory.

Speaking to Karen News, the head of JACBA, U Moe Kyo said.

“We donated 4500 Baht and noodle packages, blankets, clothes and other items. The total sum of money that we donated is around 15,000 Baht.”
U Moe Gyi said money, was also donated by other migrant workers from factories in the Mae Sot area.

The fire, caused by a faulty wire shock, destroyed a total 24 rooms in the T.K Lay factory on February 16. As many as 120 workers, who lived in the factory and now made homeless by the fire, faced hardship, before JACBA made its donation.

U Moe Gyi called on the Myanmar government to match their donation.

“If the Myanmar Embassies, the representatives of the democratic Myanmar, can donate in as the JACBA worker’s group did, we could raise much need money to help these people.”

Construction workers, farmers, market traders and stallholders were also affected by the fire damage. JACBA also donated 17,000 baht to fire victims staying at the Mae Sot based, Yaung Chi Oo Workers’ Association.

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