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"Half a Century Without Freedom - Life under the Military Regime of Burma"
A young Burmese Karen refugee boy looks at others playing football in the Ei Tu Hta refugee camp for internally displaced Karen people in Karen State.
Attacks by the Burmese government army on the Karen minority is still taking place as is general harassment of the Karen people and destroying of their villages and crops making it hard for them to keep up a livelihood. As a result many of them have been on the run for years, not being able to set down in one place for long. Some of these Karen eventually get pushed all the way to the Thai border, where they end up in either camps on the Thai side or in one of the few camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) inside Myanmar. The Ei Tu Hta camp has existed since the summer of 2006 and is now home to more than 4000 refugees. Health issues in the camps are big and even though the camp has a clinic, health care is very basic. The vast majority of new arrivals suffer from malaria, TB or respiratory infections.