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Many of the children brought to the clinic are suffering from malaria or malnutrition. Both of these are widespread in Burma, which buries more than half of all the people killed by malaria in Asia each year, and where one in every three children is chronically malnourished. This child arrived near death because his mother could not afford to feed him, although it costs less than 10 cents to buy a bowl of rice.<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.

Many of the children brought to the clinic are suffering from malaria or malnutrition. Both of these are widespread in Burma, which buries more than half of all the people killed by malaria in Asia each year, and where one in every three children is chronically malnourished. This child arrived near death because his mother could not afford to feed him, although it costs less than 10 cents to buy a bowl of rice.

There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand....
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