Who are the Shan people?
Suffering from the Burmese civil war that has been going on for more than 50 years now, many Shan-people are forced to seek refuge in Thailand and other neighboring countries. During the conflicts that still haven’t ceased to devastate hundreds of communities in Burma, the Shan people are burned out of their villages and forced to flee into Thailand.
The UN still hasn't granted them an official refugee status, thus making them extremely vulnerable to being used and abused.
The only way for them to survive is through hard work with incredibly low wages, which in most cases do not allow them to provide for their families. It is also common that girls end up in prostitution.
Often Shan-people will try to mix with the Thai locals, and only their employer will know that they are Shan. The employers abuse this knowledge, blackmailing the Shan who live in fear that their origins will be exposed.
As undocumented workers, the Shan people are stuck, incapable of returning to the home country where they face the threat of rape, death and destruction of their villages. Yet their lives in Thailand do not provide much more security: they have no identity and are subject to exploitation, abuse and the fear of being sent back to their home country.
To learn more about the current refugee situation, read our latest blog post: http://www.mpgresponsibilitynow.com/blog/update-on-the-current-refugee-situation
Due to the fragile situation and livelihoods of the Shan people, MPG Responsibility Now decided to help these communities by making sure that a maximum number of their children can go to school and, in the long-term, be integrated in the public school system in Thailand.