For over 30 years the refugees in camps on the Thai/Burma Border have eked out an existence. A whole generation has been lost to these camps because of the brutal campaigns of ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar Military regime, against the minorities and ethnic groups from Burma (Myanmar) Now, as the International Donor community has turned their backs on this protracted refugee situation, camp conditions have deteriorated into unbelievable states of anxiety and fear.
Meanwhile, the Myanmar government has done little to make conditions safe for the return home of the refugees. Military troops remain in the areas of the refugees' homeland, despite a ceasefire. Rather than withdraw from the area, the military are entrenched. There are still landmines everywhere. People have no land to return to. It makes the prospect of the return unlikely, despite all the talk of it. And yet the refugee camps have become a dire place to stay, with suicide rates soaring.
In the face of all this local organizations, like DARE Network, remain on the ground. Local people are helping local people. Trust attracts trust. DARE Network and Refugees International Japan have been partners for the refugees on the Thai/Burma Border for over a decade. DARE implements the work while Refugees International Japan supports materially. Together they have prevented addiction. This year we join together to raise money for our project. We need your help too.
The greatest effect at this time is the fact that DARE Network is embedded in the refugee communities. When and if, they can return to their homeland, we will go with them, offering our workers job security and suffering addicts relief. We need to bridge the gap between the rock and the hard place. We appreciate your continued support to the well-being of the displaced ethnic people in camps, on the Thai/Burma Border. It is now more important than ever. Thank you so much for your help.