The camps could not run without the input of thousands of refugee community leaders and workers. Below, we hear from some of those who help keep daily life going in different camps, as well as from refugees who are participating in different camp programmes.
Saw Great Soe, Mae La
Saw Great Soe, 33, came to Mae La camp from the Tavoy/Dawei area in Burma/Myanmar in 1996 and studied in the camp up to 10th Grade. After working for five years as a teacher and for four years as a data assistant, he became manager for warehouse number five.
Maw Moe Bue, Ban Nai Soi
After the votes were counted at the Karenni Refugee Committee elections in 2014, Maw Moe Bue became chairperson for Ban Nai Soi camp.
Naw Htoo Paw, Nu Po
Naw Htoo Paw, 26, works as a warehouse manager. The job involves supervising staff, managing the distribution of charcoal, writing reports, providing the stock balance, and overseeing the cleanliness of the warehouse.
Pa Khae, Nu Po
Pa Khae, 60, is head of a family of nine. He joined the Community Agriculture Programme (CAP) about four years ago.