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Friday, February 4, 2011

I met a Burmese refugee


In a cheap Bangkok guesthouse I met Arakan. Arakan came from the state of Arakan (yeah, really), on the Western shore of Myanmar. He had brown skin and a meek face. His body was ripped. He was traveling on a legit Myanmar passport, and was legally in Thailand. However, he had other plans: he was planning to claim that he was a refugee, make his way into a refugee camp, and ultimately to the West.


To conclude it, Arakan was an economic 'refugee', and he was never prosecuted back in Myanmar, not even for joining a militia that he admitted to doing.