Exiles, Refugees and Rebels

Featured Books

* Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya
* Fear and Sanctuary: Burmese Refugees in Thailand
* Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border
* Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border
* The Pa-O: Rebels and Reguees

Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya

Exiled to Nowhere

by Greg Constantine
2012

In Burma, the Rohingya have been abused, excluded and denied the most basic of human rights, including citizenship. As refugees in Bangladesh and beyond, they have been neglected, exploited and forced to exist in the darkest margins of society. Persecuted and stateless, they are the unwanted and the unwelcome. Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya is a photography book by American-born photographer Greg Constantine. The book exposes the stories and plight of one of the world’s most oppressed and forgotten people and also provides evidence of their sheer courage to stay alive whatever the ground beneath their feet. It is the second book from Constantine’s long-term project, Nowhere People.

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Fear and Sanctuary: Burmese Refugees in Thailand

Fear and Sanctuary

by Hazel J. Lang
Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2012

An examination of the plight of the refugees of Burma’s protracted civil war, many of whom have fled across the border into Thailand. This study looks at the changing nature of the refugee situation and the responses of the parties involved, including the United Nations, the refugees themselves, and governments in both Bangkok and Rangoon. In the process, Fear and Sanctuary addresses pertinent international questions regarding civil war, ethnic resistance against an oppressive state, displacement, and refugee protection.

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Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border

Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border

Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border
by T F Rhoden, 2011

The misrule of the Burmese military junta continues to be the main catalyst of refugees in Southeast Asia today. In this collection of letters, learn about the true stories of people who have fled from that regime. All of the accounts are written by the refugees themselves and explain how they became asylum seekers, what life is like in the camps, and what they envision for their future. These stories document persons from the 8888 generation, the 2007 Saffron Revolution, and various ethnic struggles. This book contains the narratives of thirty diverse individuals–all of them united by the simple desire to have a more representative government in their homeland.

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Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border

Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border

by Phil Thornton
Asia Books, 2006

Betrayed by the British, the Karen of Burma have been locked in a titanic, sixty-year struggle for survival against the Burmese military regime, their story ignored by the rest of the world. Journalist Phil Thornton spent five years on the Thai-Burma border, crossing illegally into the Karen State scores of times to find the families, freedom fighters, teachers, and medics resisting the regime.

Restless Souls is a tragic, sometimes amusing journey through the war zone and the underbelly of the Thai border town Mae Sot, where refugees, ‘mercenary’ adventurers, migrant workers, gem dealers, prostitutes, scavengers, rebel soldiers, corrupt officials, and drug dealers inhabit the shadows.

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The Pa-O: Rebels and Reguees

The Pa-O: Rebels and Reguees
by Russ Christensen
Silkworm Books, 2006

The Pa-O, one of Burma’s many ethnic minorities, engaged in a forty-year insurgency against the government of Burma which ended in a cease-fire in 1994. This is the first book on the Pa-O in English. Drawing upon historical accounts, contemporary writing, and personal interviews, the authors present the mythological and historical background of the Pa-O in Burma and Thailand. They recount the recent political history and focus on the experiences and difficulties of one village community that was forced to relocate ten times between 1978 and 1996. Interviews provide first-hadn evidence of the difficult conditions under which the Pa-O live in Burma and Thailand. Russ Christensen has spent over four years with the Pa-O in the Mae Hong Son area of northern Thailand. Sann Kyaw, and ethnic Pa-O, completed two years at the University of Mandalay before the universities were closed in 1988.

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