International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC mourns the loss of colleague killed in Thailand refugee camp fire

BANGKOK, Thailand - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is saddened to report that La Say Paw, a laboratory technician with the IRC’s refugee partner organization, the Karenni Health Department, was killed on March 22 in the blaze that took the lives of 36 others and injured over 200 in the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp in northwest Thailand

La Say Paw, who was eight and a half months pregnant, and herself a refugee from Myanmar’s troubled Karen State, was a member of an IRC team that provides healthcare in Ban Mae Surin, one of nine refugee camps located on the Thailand-Myanmar border.
The fire broke out moments after La Say Paw arrived home at 3:45pm, after finishing her shift in the camp clinic. Her mother and brother, who were home at the time, also perished in the fire. 

Last year, La Say, 25, was selected to participate in the IRC’s laboratory services training program and successfully completed the course despite her obligations to help her mother support La Say’s 19-year-old sister and 17-year-old brother. 
Her colleagues recall La Say with warmth. Yin Moe Hlaing, an IRC laboratory technical officer, said that La Say decided to become a healthcare professional out of a desire to serve her community. 
“She had the strong commitment and patience to do laboratory work and always did her utmost to support the patients who came to the clinic,” she said. “I will always remember her honest smile and hard work. We are heartbroken about her death.”
La Say is survived by her sister and an uncle, who also live in the camp. 
La Say Paw
La Say Paw
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So sorry for the loss of La

So sorry for the loss of La Say. Sunday morning I made my church aware of what happened in Ban Mae Surin. Our prayers are with all the refugees there and with the dedicated people who are helping them.