Burma's Refugees
Jerry Redfern
Since May 2006, more than 2,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Thailand, following a military offensive in their homeland. These new arrivals – mostly ethnic Karen – moved into Mae Ra Ma Luang and Mae La Oon refugee camps near the border, joining 140,000 Myanmar refugees already in the country. Life can be difficult in these camps, with limited work opportunities and basic living conditions, and refugees relying on aid organizations for most of their needs. While the locations are beautiful, they are remote, making supplies of food and medical care very expensive. And for much of the rainy season, the dirt roads that connect the camps with the outside world are rivers of mud.

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  • A view of the Salween River as seen from Mae Sam Laep. Across the river is a Burmese military camp. Until recently, thousands of ethnic Karen fleeing fighting in Burma had fled across the river near this town to find refuge in Thailand. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A view of the Salween River as seen from Mae Sam Laep. Across the river is a Burmese military camp. Until recently, thousands of ethnic Karen fleeing fighting in Burma had fled across the river near this town to find refuge in Thailand. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Sam Laep, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A view of the Salween River as seen from Mae Sam Laep. Across the river is a Burmese military camp. Until recently, thousands of ethnic Karen fleeing fighting in Burma had fled across the river near this town to find refuge in Thailand. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A three-month-old baby girl sleeps among her family's few possessions in their small room in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. The family arrived from Burma the previous day. The family was the first to make the precarious trip to the camp from their village, claiming they fled forced labor at the hands of the Burmese government. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A three-month-old baby girl sleeps among her family's few possessions in their small room in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. The family arrived from Burma the previous day. The family was the first to make the precarious trip to the camp from their village, claiming they fled forced labor at the hands of the Burmese government. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A three-month-old baby girl sleeps among her family's few possessions in their small room in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. The family arrived from Burma the previous day. The family was the first to make the precarious trip to the camp from their village, claiming they fled forced labor at the hands of the Burmese government. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • Karen refugees watch a skit that is part of the celebration marking World Refugee Day in Mae Ra Ma Luang camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.Karen refugees watch a skit that is part of the celebration marking World Refugee Day in Mae Ra Ma Luang camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: Karen refugees watch a skit that is part of the celebration marking World Refugee Day in Mae Ra Ma Luang camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A 35-year-old refugee mother of seven sits on the stoop with some of her children in the new arrivals section of the camp. They have been in the camp three months after fleeing through Burma for one month after being caught up in the conflict. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 35-year-old refugee mother of seven sits on the stoop with some of her children in the new arrivals section of the camp. They have been in the camp three months after fleeing through Burma for one month after being caught up in the conflict. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 35-year-old refugee mother of seven sits on the stoop with some of her children in the new arrivals section of the camp. They have been in the camp three months after fleeing through Burma for one month after being caught up in the conflict. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A view of part of Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, home to approximately 14,000. The camp is pitched on the sides of a very steep valley, and there are problems from landslides in the rainy season. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A view of part of Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, home to approximately 14,000. The camp is pitched on the sides of a very steep valley, and there are problems from landslides in the rainy season. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A view of part of Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, home to approximately 14,000. The camp is pitched on the sides of a very steep valley, and there are problems from landslides in the rainy season. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A Burmese woman carries supplies to her new thatch home on a steep hillside in the camp. She fled Burma one month ago after her village was destroyed. She was also beaten and tortured by SPDC soldiers in the past. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A Burmese woman carries supplies to her new thatch home on a steep hillside in the camp. She fled Burma one month ago after her village was destroyed. She was also beaten and tortured by SPDC soldiers in the past. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A Burmese woman carries supplies to her new thatch home on a steep hillside in the camp. She fled Burma one month ago after her village was destroyed. She was also beaten and tortured by SPDC soldiers in the past. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • Two recently arrived refugee girls wash at a communal water tank on the hillside on the camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.Two recently arrived refugee girls wash at a communal water tank on the hillside on the camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: Two recently arrived refugee girls wash at a communal water tank on the hillside on the camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A young boy born in the camp blows on the smoldering embers in his home-made insect repellant, made of smoldering grasses swung in tin cans. Many children have lived most of their lives in this camp with more than 10,000 people. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A young boy born in the camp blows on the smoldering embers in his home-made insect repellant, made of smoldering grasses swung in tin cans. Many children have lived most of their lives in this camp with more than 10,000 people. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A young boy born in the camp blows on the smoldering embers in his home-made insect repellant, made of smoldering grasses swung in tin cans. Many children have lived most of their lives in this camp with more than 10,000 people. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A 62-year-old man builds a new thatch and bamboo home as his grandson looks on. They have been in the camp two months already. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 62-year-old man builds a new thatch and bamboo home as his grandson looks on. They have been in the camp two months already. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 62-year-old man builds a new thatch and bamboo home as his grandson looks on. They have been in the camp two months already. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A recently arrived refugee builds a new bamboo and thatch home for his family on the hillside overlooking Mae Ra Ma Luang camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A recently arrived refugee builds a new bamboo and thatch home for his family on the hillside overlooking Mae Ra Ma Luang camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A recently arrived refugee builds a new bamboo and thatch home for his family on the hillside overlooking Mae Ra Ma Luang camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A 75-year-old grandmother poses for a portrait in front of the new arrivals section of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. She arrived three months ago. The woman has three grown children with her in camp, and three more still in Burma. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 75-year-old grandmother poses for a portrait in front of the new arrivals section of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. She arrived three months ago. The woman has three grown children with her in camp, and three more still in Burma. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 75-year-old grandmother poses for a portrait in front of the new arrivals section of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. She arrived three months ago. The woman has three grown children with her in camp, and three more still in Burma. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • Karen refugee children pay attention during a first-grade math class in Mae La Oon refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.Karen refugee children pay attention during a first-grade math class in Mae La Oon refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: Karen refugee children pay attention during a first-grade math class in Mae La Oon refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A seven-year-old boy eats a basic lunch with two of his brothers in their home in the new arrivals section of the camp. They have been in the camp three months. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A seven-year-old boy eats a basic lunch with two of his brothers in their home in the new arrivals section of the camp. They have been in the camp three months. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A seven-year-old boy eats a basic lunch with two of his brothers in their home in the new arrivals section of the camp. They have been in the camp three months. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • Two Karen sisters take in the day from their front stoop in Mae La Oon refugee camp. The woman on the right, age 50, fled Burma in 1976 after her husband was killed. Her sister, age 32, left nine years ago with her family. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.Two Karen sisters take in the day from their front stoop in Mae La Oon refugee camp. The woman on the right, age 50, fled Burma in 1976 after her husband was killed. Her sister, age 32, left nine years ago with her family. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: Two Karen sisters take in the day from their front stoop in Mae La Oon refugee camp. The woman on the right, age 50, fled Burma in 1976 after her husband was killed. Her sister, age 32, left nine years ago with her family. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A young couple, he aged 20, she aged 17, and their three-month-old daughter, contemplate their new home in a refugee camp. They arrived the previous day from Burma, claiming they fled forced labor at the hands of the Burmese government. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A young couple, he aged 20, she aged 17, and their three-month-old daughter, contemplate their new home in a refugee camp. They arrived the previous day from Burma, claiming they fled forced labor at the hands of the Burmese government. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A young couple, he aged 20, she aged 17, and their three-month-old daughter, contemplate their new home in a refugee camp. They arrived the previous day from Burma, claiming they fled forced labor at the hands of the Burmese government. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A refugee crosses a bridge linking parts of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. The camp straddles a river flanked by steep hillsides. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A refugee crosses a bridge linking parts of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. The camp straddles a river flanked by steep hillsides. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A refugee crosses a bridge linking parts of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. The camp straddles a river flanked by steep hillsides. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • UNHCR worker Sherryl Reddy discuses new arrivals data with administrators in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.UNHCR worker Sherryl Reddy discuses new arrivals data with administrators in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: UNHCR worker Sherryl Reddy discuses new arrivals data with administrators in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A 27-year-old refugee mother of three who arrived in the camp this year from Burma walks around in the evening with her youngest on her back. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 27-year-old refugee mother of three who arrived in the camp this year from Burma walks around in the evening with her youngest on her back. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 27-year-old refugee mother of three who arrived in the camp this year from Burma walks around in the evening with her youngest on her back. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A 28-year-old Karen man sits next to his checkers board, one of his few possessions, in his room in a new arrivals longhouse in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. He arrived in Thailand about 40 days earlier. He lost his leg to a landmine while living in Burma. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 28-year-old Karen man sits next to his checkers board, one of his few possessions, in his room in a new arrivals longhouse in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. He arrived in Thailand about 40 days earlier. He lost his leg to a landmine while living in Burma. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 28-year-old Karen man sits next to his checkers board, one of his few possessions, in his room in a new arrivals longhouse in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. He arrived in Thailand about 40 days earlier. He lost his leg to a landmine while living in Burma. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • Portrait of a recently arrived Karen refugee standing in the new arrivals area of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. This section is built on a steep hillside. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.Portrait of a recently arrived Karen refugee standing in the new arrivals area of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. This section is built on a steep hillside. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: Portrait of a recently arrived Karen refugee standing in the new arrivals area of the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. This section is built on a steep hillside. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • Sherryl Reddy, center, who works with UNHCR from their Mae Hong Son office, talks with a family in their home in the Mae La Oon refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.Sherryl Reddy, center, who works with UNHCR from their Mae Hong Son office, talks with a family in their home in the Mae La Oon refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: Sherryl Reddy, center, who works with UNHCR from their Mae Hong Son office, talks with a family in their home in the Mae La Oon refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • The principal of the Mae La Oon refugee camp school works in her Spartan bamboo office in the middle of the camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.The principal of the Mae La Oon refugee camp school works in her Spartan bamboo office in the middle of the camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: The principal of the Mae La Oon refugee camp school works in her Spartan bamboo office in the middle of the camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • A 43-year-old refugee trainer, center, teaches how to make clay charcoal stoves in a technical school in the camp. He has been here for 11 years. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 43-year-old refugee trainer, center, teaches how to make clay charcoal stoves in a technical school in the camp. He has been here for 11 years. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 43-year-old refugee trainer, center, teaches how to make clay charcoal stoves in a technical school in the camp. He has been here for 11 years. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A 40-year-old Karen refugee woman learns how to sew in a technical school class offered in the Mae La Oon refugee camp. She arrived in the camp 12 years ago. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 40-year-old Karen refugee woman learns how to sew in a technical school class offered in the Mae La Oon refugee camp. She arrived in the camp 12 years ago. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae La Oon Refugee Camp, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 40-year-old Karen refugee woman learns how to sew in a technical school class offered in the Mae La Oon refugee camp. She arrived in the camp 12 years ago. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A 12-year-old boy carries two new trees to plant in his family's yard in their home in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.A 12-year-old boy carries two new trees to plant in his family's yard in their home in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: A 12-year-old boy carries two new trees to plant in his family's yard in their home in the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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  • Families bathe in a stream running through the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 10,000 people live in the camp, stretching local resources. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.Families bathe in a stream running through the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 10,000 people live in the camp, stretching local resources. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: Families bathe in a stream running through the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp. More than 10,000 people live in the camp, stretching local resources. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • An ethnic Karen girl carries building supplies up the steep hillside to where her family is building a new thatch home in the refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.An ethnic Karen girl carries building supplies up the steep hillside to where her family is building a new thatch home in the refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
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      Mae Ra Ma Luang, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - 21/06/2006: An ethnic Karen girl carries building supplies up the steep hillside to where her family is building a new thatch home in the refugee camp. More than 2,000 refugees have arrived in Thailand from Burma in the last four months, claiming they are fleeing violence and human rights abuse. Already, 140,000 refugees from Burma live in nine refugee camps in Thailand. Many have lived in the camps for up to 20 years.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern

 

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