A Shan refugee camp along the Thai-Burmese border has run out of food and 5 others are due to run out at the end of this October.
Koung Jor, one of 6 camps housing over 6,000 Shan refugees, had its funding cut at the end of September by The Border Consortium (TBC). So far no international donor has stepped up to replace the funding, and the Burmese government has not intervened. “We’ve got nothing this month. We are surviving on leftovers from last month. People at the camp are expecting to get farming jobs in Thailand, but work hasn’t started yet because of heavy rains,” said camp organiser Lung Sai Lieng.
Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN), HART’s partner, had offered support in the camp through a community health clinic until they lost funding this year from the TBC. They still support education in Koung Jor by accommodating students with a boarding house in the camp as well as food, pocket money, transportation, school fees and hygiene kits for students going to school there.
Shan refugees caught in this situation face huge difficulties. They face the impossible choice between food cuts, persecution by the Burmese Army, and exploitation in Thailand.
Read HART’s recent blog on the impact of TBC funding cuts on Shan refugees here.
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