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Title: Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter & Monthly Report, August 2018
Date of publication: August 2018
Description/subject: "Map of Karen Refugee Camps 2015...Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter and Activity Report July - 2018...Monthly Activities Report July – 2018...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report July- 2018: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 Camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps...."It is said that, a wise man hear only once and can understand two different things. In this month of August, based on my activities and experiences, and what I have heard, saw and felt, I have learned many things out of them and there are many new insights which I wanted to share with you though I might a little crazy to myself. One thing which motivates my mind is a little strange, and whether I should term it as ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. However, I want to leave it to your decision. Concerning the social and humanitarian crisis in Burma/Myanmar, refugee/IDPs issue is one of the ongoing issues which has been running for more than 40 decades along the ThaiBurma border. Many refugees have been living in the camps have different understanding about the sign of the different happenings. Some of them have mixed up feelings, signal such as plus, minor, multiply, division (+, -, x, ÷). Among them, some may be easy and some are difficult to identify. However, the reality we are facing now shows that, there have been tremendous changes in refugee humanitarian assistance. From 1995 till 2012, the supports to refugee camps was adequate. The condition of the support didn’t depend on any sign of changes. They were consistent and stable. The present situation is same as before. They only changes is the sign of making decision. This solely depends on whether how much confidence to make the decision or you are over-confidence in decision-making. These signs will tell which in which position you are in, whether you choose the essay one or difficult one. Now, looking at the present political condition in Burma/Myanmar, with the present government initiating NCA between ethnic armed organizations (signatories), somehow, the situation is similar to refugees. If the two signs are not the same, the development will be slow. You may be able to change the time, however, no matter how much you try to change the individual, it will be impossible unless there is common interests. Looking from humanitarian point of view, there have many peace packages poured through MPC for last few years, which the intention to create way for peace development. This sign indeed, seemed generous and loving-kindness. However, the dynamic of the creation process, limited many positive opportunities. But just money alone cannot change the people. Thus, this comes down to how we make decision and how much we want to (sincerely) see changes. There have been more noises than sound in reality. This indistinctive sounds create impact on refugee situation, where many worries about the funding reduction. In my opinion, a long term solution, sustainable and effective, it needs not only head but heart, with sincere and commitment to the transformative solution. We continue to appeal to friends who have been with us in time of good and bad, for your continuous support including UNHCR, donors, NGOs and INGOs and CBOs. Sincerely yours, General Secretary Karen Refugee Committee."
Language: English, Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee
Format/size: pdf (1.2MB)
Date of entry/update: 06 October 2018


Title: Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter & Monthly Report, July 2018
Date of publication: July 2018
Description/subject: "Map of Karen REfugee Camps 2015...Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter and Activity Report July - 2018...Monthly Activities Report July – 2018...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report July- 2018: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 Camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps....This month, we are facing one of the natural disasters which are flood everywhere and have caused many problems and difficulties. In some part of the world, it is not about flooding, but wildfire, which the lives of many people and damaging unaccountable properties. However, the good news for us in term of international politics which has drawn a lot of attention is the making of new chapter between US and North Korea who have been verbally waging war towards one another and is now getting closer to each other in relationship. We appreciate the courage they show to the world that peace is possible and especially to the young leader of North Korea. Looking at our side, refugee issue is still having not been solved. We continue to face donor’s reduction each year and this year in August, The Border Consortium which have been providing support to refugee and camp committee, will further reduce 60% in camp administrative cost and another 70% in Extra Needs, by the end of December. There is no promise of the continuous funding in coming 2019. This creates a big concern for us in managing role as camp management program is our apart of main work to make sure the camp is running smoothly. However, during the 26th stakeholder meeting in Maela camp, TBC promised to find way to help solve the problem, which makes us feel relieved again. Due to the refugee crisis in other part of the world, funding for refugee needs in Thailand has decreased immensely affecting our administrative supports. We want to thank UNHCR and INGOs for continuing the work to make sure the refugees are still taking care of till they can go home. Let’s us make use of our available resources, understanding and supporting one another as we prepare for our future. Best wishes, General Secretary, Karen Refugee Committee"
Language: English, Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee
Format/size: pdf (1.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 15 August 2018


Title: Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter & Monthly Report, June 2018 (English, Karen, Burmese)
Date of publication: June 2018
Description/subject: ".... Map of Karen Refugee Camps...Newsletter and Activities report...Monthly Activities Report ...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps....As we retrospect the political development, especially after 2012 bilateral ceasefire, the political framework for refugee return and present political situation in Burma shows that, return with dignity, safety and voluntary, is not yet conducive for refugees. No doubt that, some people can go back now, depending on their decision and yet there is no clear provision for them, in term of travelling, documentation, and other related physical protection. However, still many refugees think, the time to go back now, cannot be happening as doubt over political transition process, ceasefire and human right issues remain great concern for them. For us, the refugee committee, camp committee, managing camps in this transition period is quite challenging and we know the situation of the camps and the residents very well that, there are still a lot of to be carried day to day, and need a lot of time to prepare for any untoward consequences. The refugee committee also realizes that, they have great burden for the refugees’ future and yet they have no power to make decision for their future. Looking at the present situation in term of assistance, this is also an adding factor to our daily work to maintain the camp’s population. Since last year, the support to refugee camps has been cut to 40% and this year 2018, 60% has been cut and from August, there will be no administration cost for the camps. And there is no possibility that, they will be funding for coming 2019. In coming year, there will also be election for new committee. Another issue to be considered for those who will be taking up this great task during this period. There is no doubt, the administrative structure, staffs, and camp management, will be to be changed, or to adapt to the changing needs of the refugees. For the Refugee committee, our great concern is whether there will be people who will commit to serve the refugee community. With all these factors such as service reduction, staff-turn over, and social problems in the camps, this will be out of our hand to handle this alone, or leave it to the authorities of Thailand government in dealing with all the cases happening in the camps. Best wishes, General Secretary Karen Refugee Committee"
Language: English, Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee (KRC)
Format/size: pdf (1.2MB)
Date of entry/update: 17 July 2018


Title: Karen Refugee Committee Monthly Report, May 2018
Date of publication: May 2018
Description/subject: "This month, Karen Refugee Committee is organizing public consultation in Maela, Umphiem and Nupo camps. This kind of event has not been organized for the last four year. Is the gap been long or just a short time? It is not easy to say at the moment, but KRC, every individual in the camp are treated like family and this kind of event is important for us. Though we live in the same situation, have been seeing each other for long, and yet, due to these years of gap, we become unfamiliar to one another, and when we meet, it is like two cocks meeting each other again, but with different color of their faces. This has not been convenient as we can’t recognize each other and the meet is always tensed between us. Whom should we blame for, whether the color those make us look different or someone who create this situation? However, we don’t want to blame anyone on this. We have been gratitude towards people who have been staying with us in time of happiness and sorrow, and for this we will be always indebted to them. During the consultation, it is important that KRC reasserts its position, history how camp management structure and rule and regulation are necessary. As we all know, though we are considered as refugees, and yet, our life in refugee camp is not for eternity. These temporary shelters were set with the purpose that, one day, we all shall be returned and build our lives. Thus, for Karen refugee committee, it is important that, the last phase of the return should be voluntary with safety, dignity and self-reliance. We have been receiving praises and compliments from donors and ambassadors that, we are capable of managing our own affairs which is important as a people to be able to rule our self and exercise our freedom of rights. It is also important that, we hold on our works with dignity and honor no matter what circumstances we are facing now. For the Thai Royal family, government and Thai citizens, we are honored to be accepted and protected in this merciful land with respect and generosity to be able to live with human rights and dignity. The Karen refugee committee will always be grateful towards this gesture of love and friendship we are in exile. We would once again, pay our gratitude and love towards our beneficiaries, the Majesty the King of Thailand, Government officers, international donors, INGOs and every individuals for your unceasing supports and generosity. May the almighty God bless you and be with you all. Best wishes, General Secretary Karen Refugee Committee".... Map of Karen Refugee Camps...Newsletter and Activities report...Monthly Activities Report ...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps."
Language: English, Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee
Format/size: pdf (1.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 17 June 2018


Title: Karen Refugee Committee Monthly Report, April 2018
Date of publication: April 2018
Description/subject: "There are currently 89,982 refugees living in Karen Refugee Camp in Thailand. Initially, there have been more than 200,000 refugees living in the camps. The camps have existed for 43 years now, since the beginning of 1975. The estimated amount spent over refugee’s assistance is around many millions Bahts. The accountable blessings received by the refugees over these years from various countries, organizations and individuals. The organizations providing services include NGOs, INGOs, religious organization, UNHCR, Royal Thai Government, people of Thailand and Vocational Training College. I hope that, every one of us currently living in refugee camps or those who already settled should acknowledge this immeasurable gratitude contributed to us. There have been ups and downs throughout those year in refugee camps; sometimes good and bad. However, we would like to see that, every family living should consider themselves as family and that is always the attitude of the Karen refugee committee. The Committee would like to see that, every one living in the camp are able to live peacefully without discrimination and support one another. If one is hurt, we all suffer and if one is happy, we all rejoice together. We have been living together in this community for years and each of us knows who we are and where we belong. We have to be grateful each day for the blessing that we receive from friends near and far. As the time goes by, our hope and dream are shattered away by the uncertain future. We need and desire have changed. Our attitude towards one another has changed. And our dreams are shattered. Some of us become more selfish than the others. The spirit of love, gratitude and forgiveness have become far beyond. We need to restore our relationship and continue to live as peaceful co mmunity and contribute back, in whatever means we receive to others. Once again, we thanks God for his unceasing blessings and continue to thanks our friends, donors, NGOs, INGOs and UNHCR and Thai government for your continuous supports. We also want to thank CBOs, religious organizations, and all the camp residents for your ceaseless contribution throughout these years.... Map of Karen Refugee Camps...Newsletter and Activities report...Monthly Activities Report ...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps."
Language: English, Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee
Format/size: pdf (1.2MB)
Date of entry/update: 14 June 2018


Title: Karen Refugee Committee Monthly Report, March 2018
Date of publication: March 2018
Description/subject: Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter and Activity Report March-2018... Dear Readers, "This month, we would like to update about some activities in relation to meetings such as Borderwide, Camp Management Working Group and Stakeholder meetings; Myanmar-Thai Job Fair Consultation, meeting with Refugee Council of Australia and Asia Pacific Ref ugee Rights Network and ‘Go and See’ activities. For the refugee, the basic challenges that facing now is, the danger of fire and scarcity of waters. Before 2012, the fire was the only main confrontation faced by refugees. Lack of communication and transportation is also a part of the problem. After 2012 ceasefire began, in some areas, there are water springs out here and there for fishes to start enjoying the new opportunity. At one side, the persistent fire threat continues, on the other hands, due to st ill some living waters, we cannot deny there, we can still to access to life channel of communication and transportation. We thank God for providing with fire and water and for friends who have stood with us against the persisting challenges of fire and th e irregular water provision. For our human needs, we cannot deny that, they are not necessary. Our needs continue and demand proceeds. We continue to request our friends who have been with us as we go through between fire and water, and help to serve the a ppropriate needs for the refugees. Respectfully yours, General Secretary Karen Refugee Committee.....Map of Karen Refugee Camps...Newsletter and Activities report...Monthly Activities Report ...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps."
Language: English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ), Karen
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee
Format/size: pdf (691K)
Date of entry/update: 12 April 2018


Title: Karen Refugee Committee Monthly Report, February 2018
Date of publication: February 2018
Description/subject: "Dear All Readers, We want to say thank you for reading our monthly newsletters. One major activity that we organized in this month is ‘2017 Annual Meeting for KRC and Camp Committee’ from seven camps, organized in Maela camp from 12-13 March 2018. The meeting reviews our works and activities, especially camps’ relationship to partner’s organization such as NGOs, CBOs and UNHCR and Thai authorities and discussed about the challenges for coming 2018. The meeting also reviewed the issue regarding funding support for refugees in term of food, household material, health, education, and livelihood and camp management programs. It also examined the challenges in managing the camp due to shortage of staff and further funding cut as an unforeseen situation. The meeting resolute that, camp committee and population, will learn to rely on themselves for their future. KRC will continue to lead the discussion on repatriation and organize consultation with the refugees. I realize that, there are some people who want to go back but still facing challenges to provide their family needs. I would like to request to concerned organizations to look into their needs, and their respective community will find means to help for those who would like to return. It is my hope that, the readers will understand our situation and try to support and cooperate with us as we continue to journey together. Best wishes, General Secretary Karen Refugee Committee.....Map of Karen Refugee Camps...Newsletter and Activities report...Monthly Activities Report ...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps."
Language: English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ), Karen
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee
Format/size: pdf (1MB)
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2018


Title: Karen Refugee Committee Monthly Report, January 2018
Date of publication: January 2018
Description/subject: "...We have been hearing that, refugees will be able to go home sooner or later. However, due to uncertainty, till now, the refugees are not able to return. It has been for years that the refugees are going through in this journey together with the refugee committee. Don't think that we will be disappointed for this difficult journey. We will be renewed once again and with perseverance, we will wait till we can go home. Good and bad, joy and sadness may go hand in hand, we hope that, this year 2018 will bring us grace and more blessings in the days to come. We pray for all the donors and organization supporting us and continue to be with us.....Map of Karen Refugee Camps...Newsletter and Activities report...Monthly Activities Report ...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps."
Language: English, Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Coimmittee (KRC)
Format/size: pdf (1MB)
Date of entry/update: 08 February 2018