Noh Boh refugee camp is located in North Eastern Thailand, literally a stones throw from the Burma border. Originally the camp was meant to be a temporary shelter for Karen refugees fleeing the on going fighting in Karen State Burma.
The Temporary camp is now one of the smallest in size of the refugee camps in Thailand. It is estimated by the United Nations that there are more than 100,000 refugees living in Thailand. Most are ethnic groups like the Karen who have fled persecution from the miltiary regime in Burma.
Noh Boh camp consists of approximately 300 hundred families. Inside Noh Boh there is a school with teacher and principal and a medic both of whom are refugees.
The population base of Noh Boh camp are people from the Karen ethnic group. Amazingly the Karen have been fighting what is described as the world's longest civil war in history. In the interim, the population of Noh Boh will continue to live on, and survive the best they can until the fighting ends, in their homeland.
thanks to my friends at the Mae Tao clinic and the medic as well as the teacher at Noh Boh camp.With out thier help this photo exhibit would not be possble.
Matthew Van Saun is a student studying Public Health and a freelance photographer based out of San Francisco.
Four years ago he had the opportunity to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, this experience sparked his interest in photography and photojournalism.
He also has a strong interest in human rights, the environment, and health care issues.
His main goal is to expose human rights issues to the public by creating photo essays that are emotional and thought -provoking.
In this way, he gives a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
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