Life as a refugee posed various challenges to the Karen’s sense of identity. The use of guerilla style warfare between the resistance and the Burmese Army displaced tens of thousands of refugees into camps in Thailand and hidden in the jungles (139). Fighting against the clear challenges of health, food, ...
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...rate then formally into the Thai economy. Additionally, security measures could be addressed between Burma and Thailand agreeing to keep conflicts within the country’s individual borders or risk sanctions. In terms of Thailand’s immigration concern, by registering the refugees and allowing greater access to food, educational, medical, and work opportunities refugees would be less inclined to leave the camps. While the summit could help collaborate the actors to create the most effective solutions for both parties, ultimately the best way to address the challenges of each is the have peaceful negotiations between the Burmese Army and the KNU that successfully end the civil war, allowing the refugee’s to return home as free independent people.
Phan, Zoya. Undaunted: My Struggle for Freedom and Survival in Burma. New York: Free Press, 2009. Print.
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