Friday, August 01, 2008
Their facial expressions said it all. Karen people of Burma suffered terribly under the military junta that still run that country with an iron fist. Driven from their homeland, a lot of them flee to Thailand, where they live as refugee and illegal immigrants. Known for their custom of wearing brass ring around the neck, they were exploited as tourist attraction. The guide that took us to their village assured us that we are helping them visiting them as they get a cut from the travel agencies that arrange the tours, but still I cant shrug off my uneasiness. I resort to using a long lens to shoot from a distance, but even then, I only managed to take a few shot. Sadly they are only a small fraction of ever growing population of refugees and displaced people in the world.