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Sarah Wayne Callies: Mubi’s girls
March 8, 2012 by Sarah Wayne Callies
|IRC Voice Sarah Wayne Callies with Annabelle Mubi (left), who runs the IRC's women's protection and empowerment programs in the Site One refugee camp on the Thailand-Myanmar border. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
Actress and IRC Voice Sarah Wayne Callies recently visited refugee camps onThailand's border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. One of them was the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp, where the International Rescue Committee assists Karenni and other Burmese refugees who have fled conflict and economic hardship at home.
There were no Southeast Asian authors in my women’s studies classes at Dartmouth. In the long lists of writers, critics and activists that formed my syllabi for four years, not a single name would sound familiar in Ban Mai Nai Soi. The stories of resistance, awareness raising and organizing were thrilling and inspiring nonetheless, and a part of me yearned to witness firsthand the first flush of the grassroots women’s movement that my mother’s generation initiated before I was born.