Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Partners Blog: "Repatriation Progress for Karen Refugees"

Steve and Oddny Gumaer started Partners Relief and Development in response to the needs of refugees and displaced people from Burma, and now in the Middle East, as well. Their mission is to demonstrate, through holistic action, God’s love to children and communities made vulnerable by war in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other conflict zones.

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Repatriation Progress for Karen Refugees

The repatriation process for all Burmese refugees, including those from Karen State has been an ongoing and arduous task. Beginning in Oct 2016, the UNHCR and Thailand made an official endorsement for those 90,000+ refugees living among the 9 refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border to return to Burma (Myanmar). However, this task has become increasingly more difficult. For many, returning home still echoes with the possibility of war, land mines, unstable infrastructure, and even arriving to a place that no longer is “home”. Many families left with no thought of returning and therefore have nothing to return to: they have no home, no land, and no family left in Burma (Myanmar). In addition, many families have lived for generations within the camps and their children do not know any other home but where they live now within the refugee camps ...

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Partners Relief and Development is a registered charity in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. "We’re a small, grassroots nonprofit passionate about making a big impact in communities affected by conflict and oppression, demonstrating God’s love to children and giving them the opportunity to live free, full lives." For more information aboput Partners, visit their website at partners.ngo/

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