Words and photos by Brennan O`Connor
In Zone C in Mae La camp – one of the poorest sections of the largest refugee camps in Thailand – around 15 men who have been maimed by landmines live at Care Villa.
Most of the residents were former soldiers in the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). They are cared for by staff from the Karen Handicap Welfare Association (KHWA).
At Care Villa they have the opportunity to learn English, participate in music classes and enroll in Bible studies. But more importantly, they enjoy companionship, which helps them come to terms with their injuries.
In January, a tentative ceasefire agreement between the Karen National Union and the government was reached. However, the deal is now being threatened after divisions emerged between the KNU and the KNLA.