The camps not run without the input of thousands of refugee workers and community leaders.
Below, we highlight some of those who lead many activities or participate in different camp programmes.
Maw Moe Bue, Ban Mai Nai Soi
After the votes were counted at the Karenni Refugee Committee elections in 2014, Maw Moe Bue became chairperson for Ban Mai 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.
Bae Reh, Ban Mai Nai Soi
Bae Reh, 47, lives with a physical disability after losing a leg in a mine accident. He has been living in Ban Mai Nai Soi Camp with his wife, who suffers from a mental disability, since 1996.
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.