Waterworks – Refugee Camp “UNHCR”Francesco Baietti
Moses Onlus First help to the Burma population
Tham Hin and other camps
The temporary refugee camps for the Burma migrants are located on the Thai territory, along the border with Myanmar, and host around 160,000-170,000 people.
These camps exists since twenty years and witnessed the growth of new generations that know nothing else than the camp itself. These people don’t have the means to dream or plan for their future.
Inside these camps there are various international NGOs that via funding are able to provide the minimum survival to the residents.
In July 2006 the Moses volunteers visited the temporary camp in Tham Hin, and met the teachers and the responsibles for the schools. Together, they took agreement to finance– via official channels and following the advice from the UNHCR focals – the supply and installation of water filters for the schools. This small contribution was the first in favor of the Burma refugees who live in the “temporary” camps since over 15 years.
During the visit paid in November 2006 at the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp there were meetings in support to those involved in the community activities: teachers, school assistants, and the members of the “Committee for the defense of Women”, that supports the victims of home and gender violence.
- A lump in the throat, the perception to be in a place where human souls have no freedom.
- A hell that no sin can justify. “Hopeless” looks over the massive presence of many other human beings.
- Sadness, when considering that all the children younger than 15 years have born in captivity and without any expectation, wish, or dream.
- Breathing a smelly air that pervades the whole environment.
- Mud-colored water, that still gives the women a chance to take care of their personal hygiene.
- A teacher who tries to show the world with a drawing on the blackboard. But none of those little dots will ever be a destination for the kids.
- The constant presence of pain, but also its acceptance as the only possible cure.