If anyone has any contacts of people working in the refugee camps I would be greatful in hearing from you. I am a photographer hoping to do a story on the issue.
#1 travelpj has been a member since 2/11/2008. Posts: 1
A couple of NGO's do a lot of work in these areas, mostly helping Burmese refugees develop businesses, and get their goods to markets while avoiding the middlemen ... as well as the Burmese and Thai armies.
Do some asking at the VSO and CUSO offices in Bangkok. You might be able to work something out that it beneficial to everyone involved.
There's camps up and down the border, so there's a lot of access points. That said Mae Sot is the main "NGO-hub" for those working in the camps, though they're also accessible from Mae Sariang and Mae Hong Son in the north and as far south as Sangkhlaburi though I think the ones there are not accessible to the general public.
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I worked up there for a bit. The refugee camps aren't open to the public and the only way into the camps is to pass a clearance and get a pass from an organization such as the UN, IRC, or the TBBC. There are plenty of Burmese living in that general region that would be happy to help you with your story. I would start in Mae Sot, specifically at the Baan Thai guesthouse. A lot of people working in the camps or at other organizations stay there and can help you make contact with people you may want to interview/photograph. I would get in touch with KHRG (Karen Human Rights Group) and the Mae Tao Clinic. Good luck.
#4 misskika007 has been a member since 13/11/2008. Posts: 2