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.
Small Enterprise Brings Benefits
Tee Ya Bu, 58, has been living in Tham Hin camp since it was established in 1997. Over the years he has been involved in many programmes run by NGOs such as COERR, the IRC, HI, and TBC. He is now working as part of the Camp Elders Advisory Board (CEAB). His main responsibility is to give advice in camp legal judgements.
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 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.