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 Moo Dah Shee, Umpiem Mai
Saw Moo Dah Shee, 28, is a Karen with many years’ experience working and volunteering with CBOs and NGOs in Umpiem Mai camp. He is currently working as a Community Managed Targeting (CMT) manager, a job that involves supervising 23 staff from different ethnicities.
Saw Hsa Htoo Mwe, Umpiem Mai
Having served as a section leader, zone leader, security in-charge, and as an elected member of the Umpiem Mai Camp Committee, Saw Hsa Htoo Mwe has worked for his community in many different leadership capacities since 2003.
Saw Gaw, Nu Po
Saw Gaw has played a leadership role in Nu Po for many years, including as a teacher and, at various times, as a member of the camp committee.