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My daily life in Karen refugee camp

My daily life in Karen refugee camp is a simple life because I don’t have any base to stand by my feet. It is boring. I don’t have the new hope and general knowledge interesting in life.
I get up early in the morning and pray to God to give me strength for a day. Starting my chore, I wash my face, carry the water and cook for breakfast. And I take a bath in the bath room, change my clothes. Then I take breakfast and take a rest for a moment. As the time is near, I start to go to school. Our school starts at 9 and finishes at 4. On weekend, Saturday I visit my friends and talk together why we have to become refugees and live in the barbed camp like the animals in the zoo that longing for their original habitations but they can do nothing with it. And it is also like the prisoners who did the very big and extremely crimes until they have to remain in the large prison in all the days of their lives. I don’t understand this happening. Of course, as my instinct sends me, the prison belongs to the guilty men not the nation. But I don’t know what guilt did our parents or we the children do. I have nothing to do to get some pocket money to spend it for some drink or cookie when I want to try it. But thank God, we were provided with foods, educations, health cares and many thing else.
I know that my daily life in Karen refugee camp is to do the best in my schooling so that one day I can help my beloved people anyway certainly.
Saw Eh Gay Moo
ESP Mae La Camp
18 March 2007

My daily life in Karen refugee camp is easy, especially no work no money. Therefore I do not have money to buy meat or vegetable for my daily food. My life in the camp is very poor but I am not sad in my life to stay in the camp because I have a happy God to help me and provide me my daily food .
I thank God for giving me many friends to help me and give me many thing to eat, oil, bean, sugar, pepper, fish paste, salt and etc… I am a student in Karen refugee camp so every day I go to school and learn education to grow up and to help me in my life. On Saturday and Sunday I stay home and help my mother in cooking food for meal and sometimes I carry water. In my free time I use to go to the library, I read some short stories, and on Sunday I go to church to praise the Lord. But sometimes when I have any holiday I walk with my friends and go to the cinema. We watch the surprising dramas. Sometimes when I meet with my friends we talk a bout the situation in Karen refugee camp and we are wondering about the oppression of our people and we talk about the malicious operations of Burmese Government do to our people.
Naw Thay Lay Paw
ESP Mae La Camp
16 March 2007

First of all I want to explain some of my daily life in the Karen refugee camp. I live in the capital of Karen refugee camp, called Mae La camp. I’m a student, and I study at E.S.P school, as I live in the camp, I have no job to do day by day. I just help my parents after school. But not at all time.
On the other hand, I get the refugee rations: The things that I get in the camp are rice, yellow beans, sugar, fish paste, oil, peppers, and cool etc…
I don’t have enough money to buy meats very often. Sometimes I eat fish but very little. My family likes vegetables rather than meat, so I eat quiet a lot of vegetables.
I have a small garden beside my house so I grow some of the vegetable, called (roselle, lady fingers, gourd, pumpkin, tomato etc...). And sometimes we can buy some fruits in the market. There are many kind of fruits sold in the camp. Banana is my favorite fruit. But they are very expensive for me to buy them .So I grow some banana trees in the garden. So that I don’t need to buy them in the market. As we live in the camp we have got a very good opportunity to go to school so usually go to school almost every day in school time. The school starts on Monday to Friday. But I’m very happy, because I ‘m a youngster and I have to study as I am a student. I wonder it is amazing, out side the camp, some of the Karen people they want to study but, they don’t have enough opportunity but I have, so I ‘m very happy. Living in the camp is like living under the wings of blessings because God is the shelter for refugees.
Naw Shen Nay Moo
ESP Mae La camp
18 March 2007

Early in the morning, when I wake up first I wash my face and brush my teeth. And I help my mother in cooking and carry the water for my whole family. When I finish helping my family, I take a bath at the well, and I go to school after breakfast. When I am in school I learn about the engineering subjects and practice some practical works. After the school, I come back home. When I arrive home, I take rest for a moment, and I start carrying the water for my family to bath and to cook. And then I play cane ball until it is nearly dark. I come back and take a bath at the well and then I take dinner. When I finish doing my duty, I take a rest about half an hour. And I start doing my home work in my bed room. After that as I am tired in the whole day I lie down on my bed until I fall asleep.
Saw Moo Ka Paw
ESP Mae La Camp
17 March 2007

Everybody has different life in the world. Everybody improves his or her life almost everyday. So sometimes I think how can I improve my life in the future as I m a refugee? But to live in the future is to live day by day. And this is daily life in Mae La Karen Refugee Camp. When I get up in the morning at 6 o’clock, I wash my face, brush my teeth (sometimes take some exercise by running along the road), fetch up the water for cooking, help mother necessarily and after breakfast I go to school. Learning, Talking, Joking, working in school and after school I go back home. I play volleyball for a moment. Take a bath, take dinner and then I visit my friend’s house to watch some movies. After that I come back home, study my lessons, and finish my homework then go to sleep.
Saw Soe Paine
ESP Mae La Camp
18 March 2007

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 4th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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Thank you for writing about you life in a refugee camp. I am a French girl and I am very interested in the Karen people and reading your blog is full of interest. I have no idea where Mae La is, but I am going to Mae Sot at the end of this month.
Take Care,
Anne-Paule (Nice, France)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 6th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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Mae La is about 45 min drive North of Mae Sot. You can probably visit the camp and the students that blogs here, although I think they are probably in summer break. Check out TBBC.org for the plight of the Karen refugees, KHRG.org, an excellent site describing the human rights abuse suffered by the Karen people in Burma plus many others sites that deal with Karen.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 9th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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Chere Anne-Paule,
Je suis benevole avec BGET, l'organisation qui a collabore avec ESP pour installer leur systeme solaire. Si vous arrivez a Mae Sot fin-Avril, il y a des chances qu'on pourrais arrangez une visite a Mae La. Communiquez avec moi si cela vous interesse a adrian.armorer@gmail.com.
Adrian Armorer
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 19th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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Thank you for intersted in our blog. If you arrived Mae Sod, you can ask someone to tell you where Mae La camp is.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 11th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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Hi.. saD story
Iam norwegian

wonder, who run the camps is by the United nations or by the Thai goverment,
what happpen if possible if ypou can runn over the hillls and into thailand near tak. and get caught


what will happen if you want to come back afte a escape if so,,,

do you have a adress or phone no for this camp, I aam also a jornalist and wish to higlite the situation along the border camps, but so far its for my uncertainly if the camps is set u by a NGO org UN or Thai goverment I need to know hwo to kontact
sincerly

a norwegian with good hard
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 7th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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Kjære Norsk Fint Hjertet translates into English as Dear Norwegian Good Heart
The Refugee Camps on the Thailand/Burma border were originally administered and run by the UNHCR. Some time ago, the UNHCR gave the total care of these camps to the Thailand Government.
There are many NGO’s there but also many people who are completely independent who fund themselves to help the Karen (and others). I should be able to give you some help in whom to contact.
If you would like to contact me - ask for my email address at Live Journal.
Regards,
Friend
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 25th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)

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hello
do you know of any reliable and good people to contact to help somehow at any refugee camps near Mae Sot?
thank you
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 1st, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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contact http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=114355073058
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 9th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)

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Hello

I really would like to go and volunteer in one of these refugee camps! can someone give me any advice who I can contact? thank you so much!!!!
krisztina
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 18th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)

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i hope you enjoy going to my camp. i mean Mea La camp. because there is so many thing that will interesting for you more than you heard before. By the way I'm karen. Please say hello to my people!! God Bless!!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 29th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
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I have yet to visit Mae Sot but i have been to Mae Hon Son. I hope to visit next year and get to know some of you who are living in MAe Sot. It amazes me that you are all so strong and i look forward to sharing stories with you when i am there next year.

Take care
Ella
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 5th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)

hello

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HI fds,

That is good time for you because one day maybe you don't have the time like that.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 4th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)

My Visit to Mae La

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I have been on my official visit to Maesot for a training. I have been there for 15 dyas and had the opportunity to visit Mae la twice.
Naw Thay Lay Paw and Naw Thay Lay Paw , we can uderstand life in out side your country is always very though and hard. We can uderstand your hard life there. But this is you who will ask for rights and justice. Your people should be proud of young and educated guys like you.
Mae la is still i think much much better from other refugees camp in other coutries as i have seen it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 4th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
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It's interesting to know how you feel and how you exactly live. I used to work in the Registration Project. Unfortunately, I couldn't have so much chance to communicate with you guys personally so that I didn't know of your feedback about refugee living conditions.

Would it be okay when I ask you more about your life in the camp some time later?

Meaw
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 14th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)

refugee camp(s?) near Mae Sot

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Thank you for your posts, which give a feeling for life in a refugee camp. I am writing with what may seem like a strange question:

Is there a refugee camp near Mae Sot called "Kwi Klu" -- or any name that is similar to that?

I don't know if the official name of the camp is Mae La, and Kwi Klu is a nickname, or if it is a sub-camp, or what... I need to know in order to help a refugee here in the US.

Thank you in advance,
David Wright
San Francisco, CA, USA
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 15th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)

Re: refugee camp(s?) near Mae Sot

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There was a refugee called " Huay Ko Lo". it was located nearby Mae Sot. The burmese military troops attacked this camp twice in the year of 1997 and 1998. i was living there until year of 2000.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 13th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)

THANKS!!!

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i am writing a report in class and your information helped me out a lot!! Thank you letting everyone hear your story!!!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 8th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)

hello!

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i'm karen girls before i came to Australian i live in the maela refugee camp too. i excited to read and very cheerful of my karen people. i understand alot of the life in camps...i really happy to see my nation people have a permission to tell our life in the refugee camp. i wish the future we will have alot of time to be and appear or describe our karen people around the world to have a opportuanity to do it.. and all of the karen life will be perfect the same as other people life. ''God would be help and support us for the prison''. hopefully. i am also thank u the god help us for the daily life. thank to be our stronge shelter to escape the people live in the hell. some people lose in the forest don't have any mind to go to. Also thank all of the people around the world to give us fruit to eat phase our poor or no one care us. or bully us. Thank for my heart.. all of u may gog bless u and god would fill all the black be fully and ur life would be joyful. All of karen people will improvement our knowledge to be the pircipale for future.. don't be enervation,try hard to enforcement.from karen girls, mayger moo,missio high school great 7.before came here.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 21st, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)

Nice to hear from your daily life in refugee camp

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Before i moved to Australia i had been living in Mae La camp for 10 years and i knew all the oppressive situations of being a refugee.I faced many problems in camp as well and i was as your guys.Sometimes i think i was borned in the wrong place of the world and i have no future at all. I never thouht that i will have a new life in other countries. Even though i am in Australia i never forget my Karen People in Thai/Burma border and i hope to go back to help them in camps or inside Burma for IDP's refugees. I just want to say that even your guys are staying in the camp,be strong and encoourage each other to live a happy life. Always pray to God and He promises to save our people as He saved Israels from Egypt.

God bless
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 14th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)

Hey:)

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Hey I was just wondering why karen peoples believe in god (christianity) when you lived in a continent of Asia? I know many karen kids, and they always go to church so, why church and not temple?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 29th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey:)

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i think the church have sent people in there to teach about christian ways.......missionaries.
they maybe run the schools.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 29th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey:)

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karen people sided with the british in ww2 so they can speak english and are mostly christian.
not sure but ..........
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 1st, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)

Touching

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I can't imagine how hard it must be living there. But its very good that you all seem very happy. Keep up your spirits!!!!! Also, is it possible to donate here?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 29th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)

run away

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why not step thru the fence and run away to bangkok?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 29th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)

Re: run away

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ok not a good idea as you will be arrested as an undocumented person and sent back to burma.....then more trouble begins...........forget the run away thing.
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From:jamescuck
Date:December 29th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
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What a rough life; to be a refugee..
Tourism Authority of Thailand
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 17th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 2nd, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)

Thank

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Thank for sharing,because of persecution we have to face with many difficulty, and I beleave that God will provide the way for you.
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