Hygiene is a problem in the camp. There is not enough water. There is almost no soap. Aside from the danger of malaria and diarrhea, UN agencies are concerned that an outbreak of avian influenza could devastate the camp's population.
Since early 2006, some 2,000 refugees have fled from Myanmar into Thailand. They join 140,000 previous arrivals, many of whom have been living in refugee camps in northern and western Thailand for as long as 20 years.