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Daily life in a refugee camp in Thailand near Myanmar border

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British Dr Claudia Turner examines a child as staff assist at the SMRU hospital inside the Mae La refugee camp in Tak province, Thailand. The refugee camp is situated along the Burma-Thailand border and is home to around 50,000 refugees. Mae La is the largest of nine camps along the Thai border where the Burmese live in a stateless limbo for many years. Aung San Suu Kyi recently visited the camp during her first visit to Thailand in 24 years. She spoke briefly assuring that she would strive to bring about positive change and more cooperation from Thai authorities.

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Burmese monks play a game of Sepak Takraw ( kick volleyball) at the Thirisaridar monastery inside the Mae La refugee camp.

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A pregnant woman who is in labor receives oxygen while her mother tends to her at the SMRU hospital maternity ward inside the Mae La refugee camp.

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Burmese girls take a break from their studies at the Haydayatul Uloom Islamic school inside the Mae La refugee camp.

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Pah Taw sits on a chair smoking a cigarette at the Karen Handicapped Welfare Association dormitory inside the Mae La refugee camp June 5, 2012 in Tak province, Thailand. Pah Taw lost his sight and his hands due to a land mine explosion while he was a soldier with the KNU.

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Burmese men enjoy cockfighting inside the Mae La refugee camp.

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A Burmese monk looks out from a viewpoint at the Mae La refugee camp.

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