MAE SOT RUBBISH DUMP (2010) (16/26)

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Along of 40 years of crackdowns, political struggle and threatening persecution, thousands of Burmese are crossing the border to escape and run away from their own country to barely survive in another places.<br />
The Thailand-Burma border is one area where the Burmese attempt to escape the tyranny under which they live. The refugees believe they will find a freedom-filled utopia where they will receive welfare and employment opportunities superior to the criminal acts necessary to survive in their country. When thousands of the refugees arrive in Maesot, a Thai town located on the North Western Thai-Burma border, they learn that although they have escaped the oppression of their own country, a fresh batch of human rights abuses and discriminations await them here.<br />
The Burmese immigrants living at Maesot's rubbish dump treat the place as an anarchic paradise; they are largely free to do whatever they want, and they take full advantage, engaging in intoxication, promiscuity, gambling, and fights. Of course, these behaviors result in disease as well as a loss of sanity and moral value, but people at the rubbish dump of Maesot have their own ironically charming outlook on life, embracing the lawlessness that prevails there.<br />
It is certainly a paradox that after fleeing from threats associated with too much government control, refugees in Maesot now have to learn to cope with the dangers of the near absence of such control. There is a constant threat of police raids, but order is never achieved. <br />
Immigrants of the dumpsite are standing on the brink of an abyss, about to fall into complete and utter mayhem. Nevertheless, they are convinced that their present lives are better than the ones they left behind. They are content to assume the risks associated with the freedom they have achieved, even if that freedom results in constant degradation and struggle rather than the prosperity and security of this place as they imagined it upon arrival.
Along of 40 years of crackdowns, political struggle and threatening persecution, thousands of Burmese are crossing the border to escape and run away from their own country to barely survive in another places.
The Thailand-Burma border is one area where the Burmese attempt to escape the tyranny under which they live. The refugees believe they will find a freedom-filled utopia where they will receive welfare and employment opportunities superior to the criminal acts necessary to survive...
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