Mae La Refugee Camp

Last week we visited Mae La refugee camp. For the last two months we've been teaching photography to Karen refugees and have heard stories about Mae La. Still, the experience of actually going there was shocking and intense. Around 40,000 people live in the Mae La refugee camp. It is surrounded by barbed wire, check points and armed guards. The refugees are not allowed to leave. The first things we noticed was that there were so many children. Many Karen refugees are born and raised in the camps. We've met Karen people in thier twenties who lived thier whole lives in refugee camps.


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J M said...

Question: Did you have computer access at Mae La? Or did you save all the documentation and upload it to the blog after you left?

Thanks for any details. I'm very interested in the logistical aspects of creating the content and how much the Karen people were able to do themselves at Mae La.

What was the technology situation in Mae La? Computers? Internet?

If adult English students created a blog in St. Paul, can people in Mae La view the blog? Do people communicate through e-mail from refugee camps?

Thanks for any feedback.

Jen M in St. Paul/Mpls