Burmese refugees living in Thailand are one of the world’s most protracted refugee situations. After decades of ongoing internal conflict, there is still no viable opportunity to return for these refugees, and what little international humanitarian aid is focused on official refugee camps- 150,000 Burmese live in camps, 2 million must survive as best they can.
For years, International Refugee Trust’s aim was to help these forgotten and ignored refugees to support themselves and their families. We supported local projects along the Thai-Burma border since 1997 and in recent years seen many of them become fully self-reliant, requiring no outside funding.
We are happy to say that through partnership and collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Services, all of the projects are now self-sustaining and no longer need our support.