Refugees from the civil war in Burma huddle into crowded refugee camps inside the Thai border

At the border of hope and despair

Michael Peel, Financial Times

More than 100,000 long-term refugees from Myanmar live in camps in Thailand. Michael Peel reports on efforts to rebuild their lives.

“Uncle George” has been in exile for more than 37 years and his abundant charm can’t hide his desire to go home. Silver-haired, gap-toothed and possessed of a mischievous laugh, the former teacher has been in “temporary shelter” in north Thailand since fleeing conflict in his native Karen region of eastern Myanmar in 1977.

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