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Fears for refugees as Myanmar election looms FEATURE 08/04/2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fears for refugees as Myanmar election looms



FEATURE

08/04/2010
MAE LA CAMP — Hla Hla Aye wept as she recalled leaving her son behind when she fled Myanmar a few weeks ago — with three other children, she and her husband couldn’t carry them all to safety.

Her family joined about 148,000 refugees from the military-ruled country living in limbo in camps across the border in Thailand, most of whom fled civil war-torn eastern villages.

But these newcomers have arrived at a time of growing uncertainty, with an upcoming election in Myanmar fuelling talk in Thailand about sending the refugees back, despite expectations that nothing will change in their homeland.
“If the government stays like this, the country will not become peaceful, it will get worse,” said Hla Hla Aye, 28, as she breast-fed her baby in Mae La, the largest of nine refugee camps along the border..... MORE

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