Prayer for Burma: Day nine

Assistant Secretary Sauerbrey, IOM Regional Representative Irena Vojackova-Sollorano and IOM Resettlement Program Manager Hans Beckers watch Karen refugees board an IOM bus for Bangkok airport and new lives in the USA.

Assistant Secretary Sauerbrey, IOM Regional Representative Irena Vojackova-Sollorano and IOM Resettlement Program Manager Hans Beckers watch Karen refugees board an IOM bus for Bangkok airport and new lives in the USA.

Resettlement is such an inoccuous term. Writing about the camps on the Thai-Burma border Reliefweb notes:

In the first seven months of 2008, IOM helped 1,252 refugees to resettle in Australia, some 678 of them from Mae La.Over the same period IOM moved a total of some 12,196 refugees from eight of the nine border camps to ten resettlement countries.

So, in just over half a year a small town has been “relocated” from Burma to various Western countries. That’s great news for the families concerned, and we should pray for them as settling in a new context is never easy. But we should also pray that the situation that causes this mass migration be resolved and Burmese people become free to live in Burma if they wish!

Photo from US State Department

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