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‘Nine Thousand Nights’ on the Thai-Burma border

TBBC bookFor more than 25 years, Burmese refugees have been fleeing ongoing violence and human rights abuses in eastern Burma. Uprooted from their homes and land, they continue to escape to the safety of numerous refugee camps in Thailand’s remote mountain regions.


In September 2010, the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) - an umbrella organisation of relief and development agencies including Christian Aid – published ‘Nine Thousand Nights: Refugees from Burma, A People’s Scrapbook’, a unique collection of  anecdotes, reflections, poems, photos and art celebrating the extraordinary resilience and dignity of the Burmese refugees.

An estimated 145,000 refugees currently live in nine camps along the border. A further  one million more people are displaced inside Burma, while around two million have escaped to neighbouring countries as illegal migrants.

‘You’ve got generations of families whose lives have been acted out in the camps - and yet there is a sense of order that comes out of the dignity of the people,’ Ray Hasan 

TBBC has worked with the refugees in the camps since the outset providing food and shelter to help them survive this ongoing humanitarian crisis. It also equips the refugees to manage camp life, shelter construction and food distributions themselves.

‘You’ve got generations of families whose lives have been acted out in the camps—and yet there is a sense of order that comes out of the dignity of the people,’ reflects Ray Hasan of Christian Aid.

Order a copy of the book

Christian Aid has a limited stock of ‘Nine Thousand Nights’ in its UK offices. To order a copy priced at £20.00, or to order a copy from TBBC, please contact ciu@christian-aid.org.

Funds raised will help TBBC to continue providing basic food rations and shelter. They will also help TBBC to expand support for skills development so that the refugees are able to reduce their dependency on international relief.

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Burmese refugees on the Thailand-Burma border is the focus of this year’s Christmas appeal. 

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