Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction & Violence

by DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)
Dec 27, 2012

Burma Facts and Myths

Running from the Burmese Army
Running from the Burmese Army

Burma Facts:

  • For the last 60+ years civilians in Burma have been attacked by the Burmese Junta controlled army
  • The ethnic people of Burma have be murdered, tortured, used for forced labour and human landmine clearing
  • For over 35 years ethnic peoples of Burma have been forced to run for their lives to closed refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border
  • Thousands of children have been born in these camps and have never been outside them
  • Culture has broken down and domestic violence is common
  • 50-80% of camp families have alcohol abuse problems

Refugee Camp Facts: 

  • 70% of Burmese Refugee Youth use alcohol and drugs
  • Alcohol and drugs are cheap
  • Refugee youth as young as 14 years old inject opium
  • Gang violence in the refugee camps sends 347 young people to the hospital each month
  • Girls are leaving their traditional roles to take up smoking and drinking
  • Unprotected sex between refugee teenagers as a result of alcohol use results in pregnancies and HIV.  This completely breaks their cultural values

DARE Facts

  • Over 12 years DARE Network has provided prevention education and/or treatment to over 80,000 people
  • DARE Network’s treatment success rate is 63%, double western standards
  • DARE Network is a culturally appropriate, non-medical program run by the refugees for the refugees
  • DARE Network’s program for youth saves lives

 Burma Myths:

  • Life is now better in Burma and the refugees can go home

 Burma Facts:

  • Their still is no Peace in the ethnic areas of Burma
  • The refugee camps endure with less funding, less resources and more need

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Forced Labour
Forced Labour
Villages burned.  Families lost.
Villages burned. Families lost.
Everything gone.
Everything gone.
Barbed wire refugee camp fences
Barbed wire refugee camp fences
Burmese Refugee Camp Life
Burmese Refugee Camp Life



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DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)

Location: Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son - Thailand
Website: http://www.darenetwork.com
Project Leader:
Pam Rogers
Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son Thailand
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