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Ban Mae Surin

Posted by Peter Biro on January 3rd, 2014
The IRC is assisting some 600 Burmese refugees who were left homeless after fires broke out in two refugee camps in Thailand last week. At least one person was killed, several injured and over 100 houses were destroyed. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on September 26th, 2013
Badly burnt as he was trying to save other refugees from a fire that swept through the Ban Mae Surin camp in March, 13-year-old Sha Nay Htoo is slowly recovering. The IRC's Peter Biro caught up with the young hero. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on April 9th, 2013
When fire swept through the Ban Mae Surin camp on March 22, thirteen-year old Sha Nay Htoo’s immediate reaction was not to flee the flames, but to help rescue other refugees. Today, Sha Nay is lying in a hospital bed with third degree burns over most of his body. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on April 1st, 2013
To prevent an outbreak of disease, the IRC is providing desperately-needed drinking water to residents in the fire-ravaged Ban Mae Surin camp on the Thailand-Myanmar border. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 28th, 2013
The 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. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on March 25th, 2013
The IRC is providing aid to survivors of a fire at a refugee camp in Thailand that killed 37 people on Friday. The fire destroyed hundreds of makeshift huts at Ban Mae Surin camp, which is home to some 3,500 ethnic Karen refugees who have fled ethnic conflict in neighboring Myanmar. The fire also destroyed the camp’s clinic and hospital. more »