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thought I be able to live freely and independently in Thailand but because I have no documentation, I couldn live outside [a refugee camp]. I realised when I got to the camp that things weren different the LGBTI community still face a lot of discrimination.
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That was in 2005. Eight years on, Moses wrote for Thomson Reuters Foundation about the challenges facing Burmese refugees in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed (LGBTI) community at Mae La refugee camp, which houses some 45,000 people and is the largest of nine that sit along the Thai Myanmar border.
in developed countries this issue is still a problem and there still discrimination in Myanmar against LGBTI people so naturally it going to be worse in refugee camps.
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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Moses was only 17 when he left his home in Kachin state in northern Myanmar and headed to Thailand, hoping for a more tolerant environment for homosexuals. Without valid paperwork, however, he found himself stuck inside a refugee camp where homophobia, discrimination and abuse were rife.
currently living outside the camp because I studying an online diploma course for refugees and migrants from Myanmar. I will have to go back to the camp after I graduate in November as my student card will expire and I can no longer stay in Mae Sot town. I don't feel good about going back.
would think the people around would take pity and help. No way. They support these bullies, saying it only if they keep doing things like this that we be shamed into changing our sexual orientation. they can do anything effective.
gays in the camp have no homes because their families kicked them out. A non governmental organisation said they find us a house. That was in Michael Kors Wallet Pink 2011 and we still haven got a house. The problem is communities don want gays living among them.
LGBTIs who feel insecure inside the camp live outside but they are just as vulnerable because under Thai immigration laws, they are illegal migrants. They worry all the time about getting arrested.
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abuse and discrimination continue.
my understanding, the camp residents are extremely religious, whether they Christians, Buddhists or Muslims. Many are unemployed so they use religion as an antidote for their frustrations about living inside a refugee camp.
Gay Burmese refugees face daily discrimination and abuse in Thailand
2011, I started the Rainbow Group with the help of a friend who was working for a non governmental organisation in Mae Sot. The idea was to participate in community work and change the intolerant attitudes towards LGBTI people and the poor perception of them.
knew it would be difficult but we wanted to give it a try. Human nature is such that if people were offered something for free we decorated at weddings and assisted at funerals they would take it but they didn change their attitudes towards us.
Christian preachers would give sermons that would amount to hate messages against homosexuality. The families of my Buddhist [LGBTI] friends wouldn accept them, saying they soiled the family name and race. The Muslims are very prejudiced too. They wouldn allow gays to attend the mosque.
are few choices for LGBTI people. Things are bad in the camp, but they daren go back to Myanmar and they also can resettle in a third country because many arrived after registration. [Thailand refugee screening and registration process at the camps has been dormant since 2005 and only those who have been screened and registered are eligible for third country resettlement]
came to Mae La on Christmas day in 2005 because I could no longer live in Myanmar. I used to get bullied at school and at home because of my sexual orientation. The community I grew up in is very strict Christian. They wouldn accept me as one of them.
to be. All I want is to carry on with my studies and live in a place that recognises me as a full human being, regardless of my sexual orientation. Body //END >
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