The first, voluntary repatriation of 68 Burmese refugees from camps along the Thai-Burmese border began on Tuesday, in a move the UNHCR called a “milestone”.
The 90 refugees from the Nu Po refugee camp in Thailand’s Tak Province are the first to return to Karen State under a programme sponsored by the Burmese government.
Burmese government officials visited the Nu Po camp on the Thai-Burmese border recently to make arrangements for the repatriation of 90 refugees.
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.
Many are still reluctant to leave, but after 30 years of displacement, refugees living in camps in Thailand are beginning to see the possibility of returning to their homeland.
“Without efforts to unify the Karen there can never be true peace”