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Under the quiet surface

I drove home on Tuesday night and there were still people in the monastary near the river and people in the Army Base Holding Center. I drove by again on Wednesday morning and all those people were gone. The Thai authorities tell us that they only sent people back who wanted to go home. That the repatriation was voluntary. The news circulating is that people are worried about their homes being looted. People I talked to during the madness of the return on Tuesday were confused. Some didn't know what was happening. Some didn't know why they were being sent back. Some said they didn't want to go back. Its not as if someone stood up and said: ...

Back to Myawaddy

This morning I packed my bag and told myself I was ready for anything, but the truth was the afternoon threw me a twist I wasn't expecting. I raided the office this morning for all donations I had of clothing and blankets. I loaded up a big bag with underwear and warm clothes, a couple of high heeled shoes that had come my way and a bag full of bandaids and tylenol. I drove down the highway to the migrant school that has been helping children on the riverbed between Thailand and Burma for years. Twenty of the children who usually come across the river every day to come to school had arrived with their families to find shelter. We distributed ...