Burmese Refugee Camps
For more than five decades, Burma has been entrenched in political and armed conflict between the government and ethnic groups. This conflict has been characterized by massive human rights abuses including persecution, torture, widespread rape and forced labour. Hundreds of thousands of Burmese belonging to ethnic minority groups have fled to neighbouring countries in search of asylum. Over 160,000 Burmese live in camps in Thailand. Emer Mullins from Trócaire was recently in Thailand to help assess the needs of the Burmese refugees in these camps. Miriam Gormally asked her how much time refugees typically spend waiting in these camps.