Monday, February 28, 2005


The project is run by Medecins Sans Frontieres France, aka MSF or Doctors Without Borders. MSF has 5 centres in Europe that direct their projects worldwide. They run 4 projects in Thailand (the Belgian office also has one). For my project, there are two other expats - a field co-ordinator and a nurse / midwife - and about 20 local staff, some of whom have been trained as clinical staff.

The camp is home for about 9000 Karen ("Kuh-REN" for my fellow Aussies) people who fled from Myanmar around 1997 and were housed in this camp from June of that year. Their tribe is one of several around the border area that are minorities in both Thailand and Myanmar. In this camp, most of the people are Christian and few speak Thai.

So, am not just having to learn a bit of Thai, but Karen and French as well!

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