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Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border

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The misrule of the Burmese military junta continues to be the main catalyst of refugees in Southeast Asia today. In this collection of letters, learn about the true stories of people who have fled from that regime. All of the accounts are written by the refugees themselves and explain how they became asylum seekers, what life is like in the camps, and what they envision fo ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Digital Lycanthrope LLC
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Rhonda
I had no idea of what happened in Burmeses and other refugee camps. That you have to wait months or years to get food numbers to get help. I am glad they have english lessons and internet. I can't imagine being in prison for 14 years because of a protest or having to flee because someone called me.
I am considered poor from U.S. standing on disabilty and a widow. But in real I am so rich. I have a old house,old beat up car shop at walmart for clothes, buy store brands. but I can buy food,clothes,
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Linda
TF Rhoden taught English to the refugees. He gave them an assignment to write a few paragraphs about themselves but what he was handed in was far from what he expected. He edited them enough for the reader to understand them but they are not perfect b/c Rhoden felt it was important to keep the writers "voice" in the letters. I love it like that. It seemed more real. These people went through so much.
I love the way that it's organized. The Rhoden brothers were very careful to make sure that someo
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Carol
The editor of this book of letters, T.F. Rhoden was teaching English in the Burmese refugee camps along the Thailand and Burma border. He gave a simple assignment to the students, to write three paragraphs about about their past. A boy approached him with finished assignment and Mr. Rhoden got the idea of getting the letters of the refugees published in order to increase awareness of their situation.

Burmese Refugees, Letters from the Thai-Burmese Border is a record of the refugees' lives written
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Mike  Davis
To begin with, I wouldn't call this a novel, it's more of a documentary of the human fallout from the military rule in Burma. Two "editors" have worked as English teachers in Burma and have collected assigned essays from their students describing why they fled Burma for a difficult refugee camp on the Burma-Thailand border run by the Thais. The essays are in uncorrected English, for which I must give credit. The stories are heart-breaking and the way out of the camp is long and difficult. There ...more
Katy
Oct 03, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in refugee status & rights
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing
Consisting of a number of essays written by refugees from Burma living in Thailand, as well as providing background information about the disparate groups of people fleeing Burma and why, this little book provides a fascinating look into the lives of the Burmese people. The accounts are often subtly harrowing, showing little glimpses into the horror that these people have had to live through in their attempts to be free of the military junta that has been ruling Burma for decades. Anyone interes ...more
Gabriela
This is a great book if you want to know what the Burmese refugees have to go through. The letter are not graphic but they don't have to be. Some of the letter let you know how they feel of their current situation. The most memorable line in this book was written by a woman. Her letter's tittle is "The Hopeful Journalist" and it said :"I am a country-less person now." (25)

I am glad I had a chance to get a hold of this book.
susan murray
very thought provoking book and makes you realise how hard it is for them and how lucky we are.
Jaclyn Michelle
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**I received a free .epub copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I received this ebook in my inbox last week, I did something I never do: I paused my reading of a Jonathan Franzen novel. For those who know me well, my love for Franzen is not far behind my love for the late David Foster Wallace, and said love and absolute admiration runs deep. I was that excited for this piece.


According to T F Rhoden, this collection of personal essays star
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Judy
This book is current, published in 2011, edited by a young man who taught English to refugees in the refugee camps in northern Thailand. He asked his students to write letters as an English language exercise. These letters are so touching, coming from people who have been through a bit of hell and are now living in the refugee camps and prevented from returning to their homes in Burma. They are short, direct, easy to read, from Burmese of various ethnic groups but primarily minority groups who g ...more
Elizabeth
Sad, tragic, and uplifing, life as seen by the victims of the 8888 Burma (Myanmar) uprising and its aftermath. Add between the stories are recollections of the biographer and as said as it was to read it was very inspiring. Especially living in a country like ours and as of yet not realizing the strain and hardship of this kind of life.
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