Sarah Wayne Callies in Thailand, day 2
Actress and IRC Voice Sarah Wayne Callies recently visited Thai camps on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, where the International Rescue Committee assists Burmese refugees who have fled conflict and economic hardship at home. Here are some of her impressions from the second day of her visit. (Posted March 27, 2012)
It’s run by a woman named Mubi who is one of the more remarkable individuals that I have ever met. We spoke today about issues of shame, issues of stigma. There is a great need for counseling and for services for women who are experiencing domestic violence and rape.
We all want to be independent. We all want to support ourselves. And being deprived of that opportunity, I think, starts to really sort of twist people’s souls. These are issues endemic to a refugee population -- especially one that has been so stuck without a country, so stuck between worlds for so long.
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