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Umpium Camp and Karen refugees from Burma

I was in Thailand from 4 weeks, burned from the sea, from the girls, amazed by the people… my mind had just begun to awaken.

A few days after my arrival in Mae Sot I visited Umpium Camp I met Karen refugees from Burma and some months later, after traveling all over Thailand, I returned.

Umpium Camp is a refugees camp for Karen people, fleeing the military regime in Burma, there are 30,000 people, and for Thai government they just not exist. For the NGOs officially is the same.

The camp is located on the border between the two states, in no man’s land.

They can’t go back in Burma without risking their lives. In Thailand are not allowed to enter.

The day starts with the sunrise and ends with the dawn, here there is neither electricity nor drinking water, the water must be taken from the river and boiled.

Dinner is at 5 pm, just before nightfall, and then we talk. Everyone has a story to tell and its tragedy.

Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees. There are 30,000 people, for the Thai government they simply do not exist. For the NGOs is the same.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, there are 30,000 people and children there.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, the lesson at school is finished.
Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a refugee's camp of Karen people. The lesson at school is finished.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a refugee's camp of Karen people. The lesson at school is finished.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees. The lesson at school is finished.
Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees. The water must be taken from the river downside.Northern Thailand, Umpium Camp, the day start with the sunrise and finish with dawn, here does not exist either electricity or other electrical source, they do not have even potable class=Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees. The water must be taken from the river downside.
Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, there are 30,000 people and children there.Northern Thailand, Umpium Camp, good morning.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, these children for the Thai government do not exist.
Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, this children try to handle some food.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees. Everyone has his tragedy to talk about.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, this child for the Thai government does not exist.
Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, this child for the Thai government does not exist but I saw her. She is real.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, this child for the Thai government does not exist but I saw her. She is real.
Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, used to have dinner at 5 pm. just before the night.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, fried food.Northern Thailand, near Mae Sot, Umpium Camp, a camp for Karen refugees, after the supper they talk to each other.
Northern Thailand, Umpium Camp, Christian mass in Karen language.Northern Thailand, Umpium Camp, Christian mass in Karen language.

After visiting the camp, returned to Mae Sot, for the first time I felt I was doing what was right, in the right place at the right time in equilibrium.

Probably in Mae Sot, without even realizing it, I made ??decisions within me that have totally changed my life.

I spent in town a month teaching how to use the PC to some Burmese students who were hiding there.

I met a lot of people and stories, something happened there. Something happened in me.

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