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"We moved from place to place. We had no clothes, no rice and we could not do anything. We came on the road, and we took a rest. When we came to Eei Tu River, we saw three villagers killed by SPDC. They smelled really bad. So the old people dug a hole and put the dead bodies in the ground. Then we reached Salween River. We met a boat owner who asked my mother Where are you going? My mother replied I want to go to a refugee camp. Then the boat owner called us to his boat and sent us across the river. Then we came to a village in Thailand and spent one week. After that we came to the refugee camp."
Saw Moo Doh Wah, age 10

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Over the last few decades, the ruling military junta of Myanmar (Burma) has conducted brutal campaigns against various ethnic minorities, resulting in a mass exodus of people. More than 120,000 people from the Karen ethnic group have fled their homes and villages to seek refuge abroad. Most now live in camps in Thailand, along the border with Myanmar.
Photograph by Saw Moo Doh Wah
 
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