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.
For the 110,000 living in refugee camps, hopes are high that a hated government will be defeated, but fears remain of an uncertain future.
A devastating fire in a refugee camp in northern Thailand’s Mae Hong Son has left over 600 homeless and in need of immediate assistance.
Burma’s border crossings to Thailand remain open; meanwhile aid workers do not envisage any disruption to the delivery of supplies to refugees along the Thai-Burmese border.
TBC says only 3.4 percent of the December camp population returned to Burma versus 6 percent who were resettled to third countries.
As aid begins to shift away from the Thai-Burma, experts say a malnutrition crisis is hitting the region hard