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Uncertain future for Myanmar’s returning refugees

MANDALAY (UCAN): More than 300 refugees from Myanmar, who have been living in camps in Thailand, have returned home, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), amid concerns over a scarcity of jobs and other barriers to rebuilding their lives.
 
About 100,000 refugees live in nine camps in Thailand along the border with Myanmar. Most are ethnic minority Karen from eastern Myanmar, who fled conflict and persecution, sometimes decades ago, during sustained military offensives against Karen guerillas in the early 1980s.

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United Nations appeals for humanitarian access to Myanmar’s restive areas

MANDALAY (UCAN): Ursula Mueller, the United Nations (UN) assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief coordinator, has called for unfettered humanitarian access to several crisis-hit states of Myanmar including the restive Rakhine state where large numbers of the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled security forces for Bangladesh since August 2017.
 

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