Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Thailand - 3
Our trip to Mae Sot was a very powerful one. I will leave the individual reflections to each of the participants. But consensus is that we were blessed to be able to witness the lives of the Karen refugees and that they were so open to us. Many in the group have not yet been able to put into words what they are feeling. Celeste is sitting next to me as I write this and she says that for her it was a life-changing experience. We saw both hope and deep suffering, as well as tremendous courage. Our host, Saw Mort, from Burma Issues gave very generously of himself in helping us understand and frame what we experienced. That including sharing the work of his organization which provides education and human rights documentation within the Burmese borders and arranging for us to enter the Refugee Camp which is not something foreigners, especially Westerners, are often allowed to do.
I am attaching a few photos thanks to Celeste. I know everyone will be eager to share this experience back home, once they are able to put it into words.