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RADION : Refugee Outreach  


We have just returned from our needs assessment of a group of refugees living near bangkok.

Among this 400 strong group, only about a third of them have been granted refugee status by UNHCR and the remaining two thirds have been given the status of an asylum seeker.

Families which have been granted refugee status are given a small allowance by UNHCR but the remaining do not have such a privilege.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the group leaders and we were shown around the compounds. The compounds were simple with access to electricity and water, however their pressing need was basic sustainance- food. They are hungry.

Each family (5-10pax) rents a small 5mX5m room for 1000baht and for those without jobs, it was impossible to make ends meet. It is very much like an open prison whereby they are not allowed to roam the out of the perimeters of the compound and as such, finding work was difficult.

They have asked if RADION is able to purchase land for the community and provide farming jobs. To do that we will require about SGD31,000 (7 plots of land)

Let me know if you guys have any other ideas through the shout box or my email at eugene@radion-international.org

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