Karenni Refugee Camp (1) hosts some 2,500 houses, most of which are constructed from wood and bamboo.
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Friday is World Refugee Day and on the Thai-Burmese border some 120,000 people are living in refugee camps, but Thai military officials have indicated that the repatriation of refugees may not be a distant prospect.
50 homes have been destroyed in a fire at the Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border on Monday night. No one was injured but 300 people are now homeless.
Unarmed soldiers from the KNU, the BGF and the KPC march together without arms in a show of unity as Karens mark their New Year at Shwe Koko.
Umpiem official says many of the estimated 3,000 victims of a fire last week ‘lost everything except the clothes they were wearing’
Reduction in funding to camps along Thai border angers refugees who claim insufficient help is being given in food and livelihoods sectors
Reliance on government reports and a continued archaic portrayal of Burma as Thailand’s ‘enemy’ creates media distortion of refugees
Claims by Burmese information minister that majority of those in camps along the Thai border are not real refugees met with anger
UN says that repatriation of Karen refugees unlikely to happen soon as fighting continues further south in Payathonzu
Lu Thaw township in northern Karen state hit by relentless military attacks for two decades and report says is one of the worst cases in eastern Burma