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  • Aye Thi Thi Aung, 3 years old, mother deceased.
  • End of day riding.
  • Kyaw Kyaw, the cook of AGAPE.
  • Kyaw Kyaw Lay, 7 years old, suffers from atrophy of the lower limbs due to poliomyelitis, abandoned.
  • Wili Thein, nursery teacher giving refresher course during holiday.
  • Kyaw Zin Htet, 6 years old, abandoned.
  • Zay Yar, 9 years old, abandoned, lives with his grand parents.
  • Kyi Win, mathematics teacher during his break.
  • Lunch time in AGAPE.
  • Kinder garden kids hands washing.
  • "Wash your hands before eating!"
  • Planing & boarders list of the girl's dormitory.
  • Ni Tat Aung, 6 years old, mother deceased.
  • The main hall of AGAPE, a classroom as well as a meeting room and a celebration room.
  • Sandar Htwe, 6 years old, lives in bamboo shoots factory where her parents work.

Orphan & Illegal, part 2

The civil war between the Karen ethnic minority and the Burmese Government of Myanmar is the oldest ongoing war in the world since 1949…Over 2.000.000 Burmese refugees are estimated to be in Thailand: 400.000 of them are Karen. 200.000 are concentrated in and around Mae Sot, neighboring the Karen State of Myanmar…

Poverty and fightings caused a dramatic rise of orphaned and abandoned displaced children, living in crowded refugee camps or slums of the border zone.

These children quickly find themselves in the need of begging or stealing. They mostly end as victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation and drug. They suffer of malnutrition, multiple diseases, psychological traumas and have no access to any education. Most of these children do not have any citizenship, they are illegals in Thailand and can’t be adopted.

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