Loading...

damir sagjol photographs illegal karen migrants from myanmar who live at a garbage dump near the thai border town of mae sot, where they earn an average of one american dollar a day collecting plastic.

the karen people, caught in the world’s longest running civil war, have been subjected to extortion, torture and forced labour by the burmese army. their villages burnt to the ground, the karen have been forced to flee to neighbouring thailand.

more than 150,000 karen refugees now live, many of them for over twenty years, in one of nine official thai border camps administered by UNHCR. sanitation, clean water, proper nutrition, education and employment are basically non existent in the camps. about 200,000 others, such as those in the photos, live in “illegal” unofficial camps, where conditions can be worse.

despite myanmar’s recent nascent steps towards democracy, the plight of the karen has not much improved. though talks of peace and repatriation are ongoing, burmese troops continue to attack the refugee camps, burning what they can and killing residents at random. most karen are afraid to return home.

  1. higherperception reblogged this from maxi4ever and added:
    Lets help Myanmar! Pleasee join me and send love and light on the situation and donate to support the Burmese people
  2. maxi4ever reblogged this from awkwardsituationist
  3. strangeroftheearth reblogged this from a-kernel-with-no-shell
  4. a-kernel-with-no-shell reblogged this from immigrantsoul
  5. whatever-tickles-your-ears reblogged this from awkwardsituationist
  6. melissalocks reblogged this from l0ve-4nna
  7. magiccusp reblogged this from l0ve-4nna
  8. l0ve-4nna reblogged this from cacajao
  9. cacajao reblogged this from curingkatie
  10. curingkatie reblogged this from anthrocentric
  11. hvnforrealz reblogged this from awkwardsituationist
  12. hopeinthecomingdays reblogged this from awkwardsituationist and added:
    how sad and horrible situation,but how about our poor families specially in Iraq,no one knows about their hard health...
  13. marasanemone reblogged this from andartha
  14. andartha reblogged this from awkwardsituationist
  15. commonmaterial reblogged this from kristinatheexplorer
  16. kristinatheexplorer reblogged this from elsaid-fathy and added:
    Getting to live, learn, and laugh with the Karen people has been one of the most inspirational moments of my life.
  17. elsaid-fathy reblogged this from awkwardsituationist
  18. mollierodriguez reblogged this from kurtwagners
  19. kurtwagners reblogged this from awkwardsituationist
  20. gs0202 reblogged this from itokonnyaku
  21. beaonce reblogged this from substancesauce
  22. ambitiousgurl1 reblogged this from substancesauce
  23. substancesauce reblogged this from kymanijoe21
  24. apocalipticoseintegrados reblogged this from larosadelosvientosquesoy
  25. kenhai reblogged this from larosadelosvientosquesoy
  26. larosadelosvientosquesoy reblogged this from magnificentlifeofplants