During the 71st Shan State National Day commemoration at the headquarters of the Restoration Council of Shan State’s Loi Tai Leng headquarters, European ambassadors and UN representatives rubbed shoulders with ethnic armed group leaders.
Some 6,000 Shan refugees – many of whom fled conflict at home more than 20 years ago and sought refuge in camps along the Thai-Burmese border – are about to experience a severe cut in international assistance.
Although the cessation of international aid had been projected 18 months ago, the KNU has appealed for international groups to continue funding until peace prevails in the region.
Karenni Refugee Camp (1) hosts some 2,500 houses, most of which are constructed from wood and bamboo.
The concerns of ethnic Karen refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) were raised on Tuesday, World Refugee Day, over the lack of a clear plan for the return and reintegration of those going back to their homelands.
Life in a refugee camp is never easy, but for many who have lived in Mae La Oon for much of their life, the thought of leaving brings anxieties of its own.