If you keep up with the news in Thailand you know by now that there was a devastating fire in the Ban Mae Surin (2) refugee camp about 90 kilometers from Mae Hong Song Thailand. I haven’t been there but am told the situation is more than grim. The death toll is more than 30 and as high as 60 according to one report. This camp is home to some 3,500 refugees who have fled Burma to avoid further persecution from the Burmese army. Most of the residents there are Karenni, an ethnic minority that has been long persecuted by the Burmese junta.
Photo from Chiang Mai City New
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The humane thing to do is to help, but what exactly can you do?
The Border Consortium which is based in Bangkok has launched an international fund raising drive. You can donate any amount on their website - http://www.theborderconsortium.org/
People who live in Thailand but not in Chiang Mai may be aware of efforts similar to the one I’m reporting below.
In Chiang Mai there is an excellent effort to collect badly needed supplies that will be taken to them. The appeal is repeated below. For more details, please contact Steve Yarnold firstname.lastname@example.org>
Abundant Blessings, (count yours and share them)!
that is a few days old - now the death toll is very sadly 60+
A convoy of volunteers is being organized to travel to Ban Mae Surin to transport much needed supplies to the survivors at this refugee camp.
Khun Art, owner of The GAP House, is spearheading this drive and tells me they are in desperate need of; blankets, clothes, household items in addition to rice, noodle soup packets, canned foods and water. Monetary donations are also being accepted.
Please bring your donations to Hillside 4 Condo reception desk before March 30. I know Khun Art and travelled with him several years ago to transport donations to flood victims in Uttaradit. A little will go a long way for these people in need.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.