Tucked away in a forgotten valley on a jagged jungle hillside just inside Thailand 50,000 ethnic Karen cling to a fragile existence in a place called Mae Hla. For most , their dreams of going home vanished long ago as each new government in Rangoon failed to come to terms with the Karen's insurgency. For many the path into Thailand was treacherous, landmines littered the way. put their by the Burmese Army. Today the Burmese Army continues to use landmines against both insurgents and civilians. The Karen use them as well in defense. For the Soldiers fighting with the Karen National Liberation Army against the government Forces the battle has been going on since 1946.
For 16 former soldiers with the Karen National Liberation Army their days of fighting are over. In a shabby bamboo hut with a bare concrete floor and not much else in the way of comforts these men, all blinded and most horribly disfigured live out their days as war orphans. Locked in a sot of limbo, these men will never go home and will most likely never be picked for third country resettlement. Refugee wives and parents gave them up long ago not able to take care of their daily needs. Their is little for them to do, those that can make trinkets for sale in the local markets, they study the bible, learn English and sing in a choir. A handful also help prepare seed beds by pulling weeds they can not see. In spite of this a brotherhood emerges, one that clings to each other and hope that help in some form will come soon.
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