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Among the charred ruins of a refugee camp, a smile remains

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Refugee boys from Myanmar look for items to salvage on Feb. 24 from the ruins of a burnt mosque in the Um-Piam refugee camp after a fire engulfed big part of it near Mae Sot on Feb. 23 .

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Refugees make a temporary shelter on Feb. 24 at the ruins of their burnt home at the Um-Piam refugee camp after a fire engulfed big part of it near Mae Sot on Feb. 23.

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A refugee boy from Myanmar pauses from salvaging small items on Feb. 24 in the ruins of his burnt home at the Um-Piam refugee camp after a fire engulfed big part of it near Mae Sot on Feb. 23.

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A refugee boy from Myanmar searches for small items in ruins of his burnt home on Feb. 24 at the Um-Piam refugee camp after a fire engulfed big part of it near Mae Sot on Feb. 23.

A huge fire yesterday at a refugee camp along the border of Myanmar and Thailand destroyed about 5,000 homes. We published the photos of the flames engulfing the bamboo shacks yesterday in PhotoBlog. Due to the flammable nature of the bamboo, the fire quickly spread. The camp is home to about 17,000 Myanmar refugees fleeing fighting between the army and ethnic minorities.

According to AP:

No casualties were reported from the fire that destroyed about a fifth of the dwellings at the Umpiem Mai camp in Tak province, Thai district official Pot Ruworanan said.

The Thailand Burma Border Consortium, which coordinates aid for the refugrees, said on its website that an undetermined number of people suffered burns and three mosques and two nursery schools were destroyed.

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A refugee woman from Myanmar holds her child after receiving some aid at the Um-Piam refugee camp on Feb. 24 after a fire engulfed big part of it near Mae Sot on Feb. 23.

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Refugees are seen in ruins of the Um-Piam refugee camp on Feb. 24 after a fire engulfed big part of it near Mae Sot on Feb. 23.