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POIPET, CAMBODIA

Rounded up by Thai authorities or simply afraid of violence, thousands of Cambodian workers and their families left Thailand on a mass exodus.

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MAE SOT, THAILAND

On May 2012, I had the opportunity to document the work of Handicap International (HI) in the Burmese refugee camps in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Despite the fact that Thailand has not signed the 1951 Refugee Convention treaty, and therefore has no legal obligations towards refugees, the refugee camps in Mae Sot have become home to more than 140,000 people.

For this project we visited two out of the five refugee camps where Handicap International works. Their programs focus on inclusion, empowerment and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

Here are some of the images from this visit. I can only hope they do justice to the immense display of human dignity and compassion I witnessed during my time in Mae Sot.

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MAE SOT, THAILAND

It was a day of joy… and a little disappointment…

Rumors spread quickly that as part of her first trip out of Burma in 24 years, pro-democracy leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi would pay a historic visit to Mae Sot – a border town on the northwest of Thailand.

Over the years thousands of people have crossed the border fleeing the civil war or the hard working conditions in Burma, making Mae Sot and its surroundings home to more than a couple hundred thousand Burmese refugees and immigrants. Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit and the recent changes in neighboring Burma are hope to many.
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PATTAYA, THAILAND

From single men to entire families, tourists stroll down Walking Street, Pattaya’s main attraction. A morbid street where sex is sold widely and freely, and nothing seems to be taboo. At the street’s entry, a Tourist Police patrol stands; “This is Pattaya’s main tourist attraction”, an Englishman who volunteers for the Tourist Police says, “and no one is forced to be here”. Nonetheless, the sex industry in Pattaya is a multi-million dollar business, and is responsible for numerous cases of human trafficking.
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