For 60 years the people of Burma have been suffering genocide at the hand of their own government. Because of extreme poverty, many children in Burma die from disease or malnutrition. Those who aren't killed in village raids by the Burma army are often used as slave labor, human minesweepers, or forced to fight as child soldiers. According to Human Rights Watch, Burma has the largest number of child soldiers in the world.
In Mae Sot, a city on the Thai side of the Burmese border, you'll find a thriving children's sponsored by The Sound of Hope. "The Refuge" is home to 12 students, ages 12 to 20. These boys and girls are refugees who fled their country in an effort to save their lives and to get an education. At this home, they have found a safe place to live, grow and continue their schooling. They are also learning valuable life skills like farming and raising livestock through sustainability projects that include ducks, turkeys, chickens, fish and frog ponds and a garden. These students have dreams of returning to their country someday as teachers, nurses and government leaders.
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