through the wire

Mae La (Beh Klaw in Karen) is the largest refugee camp along the Burma-Thai border; it’s home to over fifty thousand Burmese refugees, 90 percent of which are Karen – one of the hardest hit ethnicities in South East Asia through ethnic cleansing and a decades old civil war in Burma.  It is one of seven temporary camps run by Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) and although it has been operational for over 25 years, it and the other six camps’ futures are unknown as the Thai government wants them closed, especially as there is now a “democratic” government in Burma.