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This is the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, a small town on the the Thai side of the Burmese border. The clinic, a charitable organisation, treats thousands of Burmese families who cross into Thailand every month for healthcare that is not available in Burma. Their problems, which range from fatal, but easily preventable, childhood illnesses to devastating injuries caused by the armed conflict, are a savage indictment of conditions of the other side of the border. <br />
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There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous construction sites and fisheries or in karaoke bars and brothels.  They face constant harassment - wage exploitation, physical abuse, rape and even murder are commonplace and routinely go unpunished. Few have access to decent healthcare, to education or to legal protection. For the Burmese in Thailand, human rights are little more than a dream. And yet they choose to stay. Why? Because as bad as things are in Thailand, on the other side of the border, they are even worse.

This is the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, a small town on the the Thai side of the Burmese border. The clinic, a charitable organisation, treats thousands of Burmese families who cross into Thailand every month for healthcare that is not available in Burma. Their problems, which range from fatal, but easily preventable, childhood illnesses to devastating injuries caused by the armed conflict, are a savage indictment of conditions of the other side of the border.

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