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Photo from TBC taken om April 7th 2015 in the aftermath of the fire in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp.

Fire in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp

On April 7 a fire broke out in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Thailand. 185 houses, one school and a psycho-social clinic were destroyed by the flames. Diakonia supports The Border Consortium (TBC), which provides food, shelter and other forms of support to the refugees living in this and neighbouring camps. 

4/9/2015 Publisher: Ingela Karlsson

185 houses destroyed by the flames

At 11 AM in the morning of Tuesday the 7th of April a fire broke out in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Fortunately there were no casualties, but 185 houses and 2 community buildings – a school and a psycho-social clinic - were totally destroyed by the flames. 

The camp is the home to more than 11,000 refugees

The camp Ban Mai Nai Soi is located 4 kilometres from the Thai-Burmese border. The camp is home to more than 11,000 Burmese refugees, the vast majority of Karenni origin which fled from oppression in Myanmar. Some of the people have been residents here for almost 20 years.

Nine camps with 120,000 refugees

Diakonia has a long-term humanitarian support and cooperation with The Border Consortium (TBC). TBC is the main provider of food, shelter and other forms of support to approximately 120,000 refugees from Burma/Myanmar living in nine camps in western Thailand. TBC also provides support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and others affected by conflict in South East Burma/Myanmar.

TBC supports the affected families

TBC’s role after the fire on April 7th is to ensure adequate food and shelter for the affected families. TBC undertakes this work in close cooperation with the camp committee. The people that have lost their homes are being located into temporary shelters, in community buildings and with families and friends in the camp.

TBC will provide building materials in order to have the destroyed and damages houses rebuilt and will provide food rations to the affected community. Moreover many of the families were involved in livelihoods activities such as small businesses, gardening and animal raising. TBC aims to support the families to re-establish their livelihoods.

A video filmed by one of the residents can be seen at the TBC Youtube channel