Umphiem Refugee Camp, 87 km south of Mae Sot, is Thailand’s second largest Burmese refugee camp. It is home to approximately 20,00o refugees, of various ethnicities, who have fled their homes in Burma. The houses are constructed of bamboo and leaves, which is why the fire spread so quickly.
There are an estimated 150,000 refugees living in 9 camps along the border. Refugees have been forced from their homes due to violence, oppression, forced labor and a variety of other human rights abuses.
For more information about refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, please visit: http://www.tbbc.org/
To learn more about the situation in Burma: http://uscampaignforburma.org/