For better or worse, Mae Sot reflects the seismic shifts taking place in the countries that surround it, and the uncertain future that looms ahead.
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Local news on all things Karen related, reported from the ground.
Local Organizations that Need Support
Mae Tao Clinic
The Australian government announced that it will cut all of the AUSD 450,000 funding it gives to the clinic due to shifting their priority to prepare for refugee repatriation
— Karen News, 2013 via Burma Link
(You can donate to the clinic here)
The Border Consortium
The TBC has also been severely affected by funding cuts, which have forced the consortium to cut food rations and cease the provision of all non-food items, with the exception of cooking stoves and donated items, even to new arrivals
— TBC, 2013 via Burma Link
Borderline Art Collective
In addition to being a gallery space and retail outlet for goods made by the Karen Women Organization, Borderline also has an excellent cafe. Many of our days were spent eating the amazing and sustainably made Burmese food here while working on our laptops.
Karen Women Organization
PuzzleBox Art Studio
Bordering Repatriation: A psychosocial perspective on the experience and preparation of return
A combined dissertation of Social Psychology and Cultural Encounter by Christa Kløve Kranich submitted January, 2017.
Voice of Refugees
Invisible Lives: The Untold Story of Displacement Cycle in Burma
Written and published by Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Burma Link and Burma Partnership August 2016
Freedom from Fear by Aung San Suu Kyi
Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma by Thant Myint-U
Burmese Days by George Orwell