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Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter & Monthly Report, July 2010 (English and Karen)

Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter & Monthly Report, July 2010 (English and Karen)

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 Newsletter & Monthly Report
, 2010
The Karen Refugee began to cross into Thailand in 1975, for seekingshelter as consequences of fighting between the Burmese government andKaren Ethnic arm group who has been struggling for the national rightsince the independence of Burma was granted in 1948. The number of Refugee crossing in to Thailand gradually increasing at time butsignificantly following the four-cut operation which was started on theeastern ( Karen State ) part of the country in 1974.Currently, the total number of refugees sheltering in seven campsalong Thai-Burma Border are 141,235. The existing refugee has beenrelying on international support for 35 years which cost Billions of Bahtfor each year. With both man-made and natural disaster the victims andrefugee are continuously increasing each day. The burden of feeding thosevictims and hungry people is heap up on the shoulder of internationalsupport. It’s not a surprise that the donors are getting tired of providing thenever-decrease support. Recently, TBBC call on KRC discussed on thedecreasing of funding support for the refugee and the distribution of yellowbeans will be cut off soon and as well for the years to come. TBBC alsonotifies KRC in term of alternative plan as a measure of precaution forfacing the difficulties that lying await ahead of us. For the time being,KRC is visiting the camp community, clarifies to them the situation whichis expected to be fall soon and that they should prepared themselves tocooperate with TBBC when the time has arrived for working together toovercome the misfortune. The camps livelihood Committee has beenformed to cooperate with TBBC livelihood planning stratify to built up thecapacity of community to as much as possible be able to supportthemselves in due time.The existing of Karen Refugee is the consequences of civil warwhich started since 1949 and could not be ended so far. We hope for bettersituation, but instead, the situation is getting poorer each day. Some splitethnic arm groups had signed peace agreement with SPDC since years ago.The SPDC also plan to hold a country- wide election in near future. For thesuccess of the election, the SPDC has been pressured the ceased- fire groupto be transformed in to Boarder Guide force, to keep them in control.Never the less, there are still a certain group that refused to sign for being aBGF. The final solution to the problem for SPDC is to clear off theremaining faction out of sight. As a result of the threatening andintensifying pressure on the split faction, over nine hundred civilian in anumber of villages inside Karen state (Burma) has fled to Thai- side on 2-8-10, at Thay Baw Bo and Maw Ker - Thai sites. The next day, theyreturned to their native land as there is no fighting has broken out yet! But,
they are currently hiding in the jungle a long the western side of Moi Riverwith anxious of when the fighting will break out.In Mutraw district, an SPDC troop had shelled for four hour intoTh’da do village and at last they came in to the village and burnt downsome houses. They spend the night there and in the next morning, they setin fire all the rest of the house including the church and left Villagers wereescaping, and hiding in the jungle and suffered a real hardship as it is araining season. When they returned home nothing left for them except heapof ashes.Recently, a responsible person who have returned on her visit to theUS resettle refugee stated that there are two main concern a bout therefugee who had settled in US which are-(1) Language barrier- most of therefugee who have resettle are lack of English language skill which createcommunication difficulty and finally end up in unemployment problem,hardship for survival and difficulty to integrated themselves among thecommunity. They were provided with cultural orientation course for a fewdays, but the essential language skills require more time to learn. It is,therefore, a more time for learning required language skills is suggested.The second concerned is the consequences of the first difficultly.There are case worker and society that are helping the refugee to be able torely on themselves soon after they resettle. For those who already havesome of the language skills are able to adapt themselves in a short time, butthose who have no English language skill are frequently need theassistance of the supporter. Most of the supporters are voluntary workersfor them who provide free services with small a mount of the financialsupport which intern create hardship for their living cost. We are happy of hearing that the authority (US- states government already keep awarenessin dealing with the circumstances.For the young people, they have learned a lot of their right andfreedom during their living in the camp but never experience the feeling.The living in the third country would be their first opportunity to exercisethe knowledge they have learned. But freedom with out good knowledge iscan be dangerous. They ought to educate as well during cultural orientationthat right and freedom are within the line of the rules and acts.
“Any of Your Comment Is welcome”

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