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Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities - Burma Report 2008

Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities - Burma Report 2008

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Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities details the experiences of displaced youth from Burma living on the Thai-Burma border during the spring of 2007, featuring youth voices and testimonials and focusing on several organizations working to educate, support and empower them in their work.

Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities is one of the most comprehensive analyses of the situation on the ground, clearly detailing the experiences of displaced youth living on the border between Thailand and Burma. Included in this report are details of the organizations currently engaged in the task of assisting these youth developing their remarkable potential. The goal of this research is to enhance the international community's awareness of the current situation, providing particular context to international organizations and practitioners intending to work with displaced Burmese youth in Thailand.

This is field research that led to the creation of Digital Democracy.
Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities details the experiences of displaced youth from Burma living on the Thai-Burma border during the spring of 2007, featuring youth voices and testimonials and focusing on several organizations working to educate, support and empower them in their work.

Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities is one of the most comprehensive analyses of the situation on the ground, clearly detailing the experiences of displaced youth living on the border between Thailand and Burma. Included in this report are details of the organizations currently engaged in the task of assisting these youth developing their remarkable potential. The goal of this research is to enhance the international community's awareness of the current situation, providing particular context to international organizations and practitioners intending to work with displaced Burmese youth in Thailand.

This is field research that led to the creation of Digital Democracy.

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Youth Perspectives from the Thai-Burma Border
Overcoming Obstacles,Creating Opportunities
 
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES CREATING OPPORTUNITIES
Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities:Youth Perspectives from the Thai-Burma Border
Printed 2008
Writing:
Emily Jacobi and Meg Libby
Editing:
Mark Belinsky, Emily Jacobi and Meg Libby
Research Coordinators:
Maggie Holden and Tim Renner
Research Team:
Mark Belinsky, Emily Jacobi, Maggie Holden,Meg Libby, Leslie Miller, Molly Norris,Megan O’Brien, Tim Renner, Jorelle Vicencio.
Statistical Analysis:
Jonathan Mueller
Proofreading:
Liz Hodes
Photos:
Emily Jacobi
Design:
Mark Belinsky and Emily Jacobi
With Thanks and Gratitude to the brave young people on theThai-Burma Border: your genuine hearts and tireless spirits have inspired this document. We dedicatethis report to you in the spirit of  solidarity and peace.
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Center for Peace Building International
3754 McKinley St. NW Washington, DC 20015saji@cpbinternational.org 202-674-4670http://www.cpbinternational.org/Sections1. Executive summary 2. Recommendations
3. A History of Conict and how the Regional Threat Impacts YouthYouth voices 1: BLC3.1 Background of the ConictYouth voices 2: Hla Moe - EIP
3.2 How Burma poses a Regional Threat to it’s neighbors,and how that impacts youth4. Overview
Youth voices 3: Ye Zaw - KYO
4.1 About the Project
Youth voices 4: Mya Nu - BWU
4.2 Methodology 5. Findings
Youth voices 5: Sulein - BWU
5.1 Why they come to Thailand
Youth voices 6: Thiri Thura - KWO
5.2 Why they choose to be political
Youth voices 7: Khin Thiri - Mae La
5.3 Security and Isolation - frustrations of Thailand
Youth voices 8: Joseph Win - ERS-B
5.4 Education and Opportunity- positives about coming to Thailand
Youth voices 9: Zeyer - BLC
5.5 Looking ahead -their thoughts on the future6. Analysis
Youth voices 10: Kyaw Htay - EIP
6.1 Description of how our research is affected by recentevents in BurmaAppendicesA. Group DescriptionsB. Graphs and Survey DataC. AcknowledgementsD. Resources
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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES CREATING OPPORTUNITIES
45AFPFL Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom LeagueASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
BYP Burma Youth Project
CBO Community-Based OrganizationCPBI Center for Peace Building InternationalDKBA Democratic Karen Buddhist Army ICT Information and Communication Technology IDP Internally Displaced PersonILO International Labor OrganizationKNU Karen National UnionMP Member of ParliamentNCGUB National Coalition Government for the Union of BurmaNLD National League for Democracy RCH Reproductive and Community HealthSEP Special English ProgramSLORC State Law and Order Restoration CouncilSPDC State Peace and Development CouncilTBBC Thai Burma Border ConsortiumTOEFL Teaching Of English as a Foreign LanguageUN United NationsUNSC United Nations Security Council WLB Women’s League of Burma
Organizations
ALTSEAN Alternative ASEAN Network on BurmaAEIOU All-Ethnic International Open University BLC Burmese Lawyers Council Peace Law Academy BWU Burmese Women’s UnionERS-B EarthRights School - BurmaEWB Empowering Women of BurmaEIP English Immersion Program, Umpium CampHREIB Human Rights Education Institute of BurmaKWAT Kachin Women’s Association ThailandKWO Karen Women’s Organization
KYO Karen Youth Organization
MTHS Mae Tao High SchoolPEC Peace Education Center  WH Wide Horizons School
YCO Yaung Chi Oo Workers Association

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