Thailand has hosted refugees from Burma/Myanmar for more than three decades. The current nine main camps that are home to around 86,000 people are a result of consolidations over the years of many smaller settlements along the 2,400-kilometre border line.
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“The average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years .” This cruel statistic has been quoted many times, influencing our perception of refugee crises as never-ending events which are spinning out of control.
Today there are some 97,000 refugees in Thailand . Most refugees (91,803 as of December 2020, under reverification) are ethnic minorities from Myanmar, mainly Karen and Karenni, who live in nine camps in four provinces along the Thai -Myanmar border. There are also approximately 5,000 refugees and asylum-seekers of some
Since 1984, Thailand has provided refuge to people fleeing violence in Myanmar, and more recently to economic migrants . Since the 1940’s, ongoing violent conflicts between Karen separatists and the Burmese army have forced many families to move.
Due to crowding and lack of infrastructure, refugee camps are often unhygienic, leading to a high incidence of infectious diseases and epidemics. Sick or injured refugees rely on free health care provided by aid agencies in camps , and may not have access to health services outside of a camp setting.
They are safe . The United States has contributed more than $2 billion in aid to Syrians affected by their nation’s civil war since the crisis began.
“ Living in a refugee camp is difficult. There’s no food, no water, no toilet and no place to bathe. We can’t afford to eat three times a day. Rayhana’s family is one of the 25,000 people who are living in tents in the Jamtoli Thaingkhali Refugee Camp .
So they need all the basics to sustain their lives: food, clothing, healthcare, shelter, and household and hygiene items. Refugees also need reliable supplies of clean water, as well as sanitation facilities. Children need a safe environment and a chance to play and go to school.
Here are the top 10 countries hosting the greatest numbers of refugees. Bangladesh. Iran. Sudan . Germany. Lebanon (tie) Uganda (tie) Pakistan. Colombia.
The Challenge: Refugees are Behind in Connectivity Today, almost 65 million forcibly displaced refugees and internally displaced persons are living without reliable internet and mobile connectivity. Having to live offline means that contact and communication with loved ones is difficult and often impossible.
Do all refugees live in refugee camps ? No. In fact, approximately 60 percent of the refugee population live in cities instead of refugee camps , a proportion that has been stable since 2014.
Access to Energy and Environmental Protection. Refugees in camps receive dry food rations from the World Food Program that must be cooked to be edible. As such, provision of materials that enable cooking, including firewood, is an essential life-saving priority for refugees during their stay in a camp .
Most refugees eat three times a day (breakfast is usually leftovers from the night before). The diet is based on rice. Vegetables are not eaten every day, but spices are an important part of their diet and rations are sold or exchanged for oil, spices, garlic and onion.