No Way Out: India’s Burmese Refugees

"I never wanted to be a refugee. I don't like to be, but I am; and I cannot help it," a slim, 30ish Burmese named Ko Thura (not his real name) told Asia Sentinel last week. One of nearly 50,000 Burmese refugees scattered across India, Ko Thura is part of the forgotten detritus of Rangoon’s military crackdown on pro-democracy activists and sympathizers in the 1990s. Only around 2000 of these displaced people are recognized by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

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