Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy


Expedition to the Burmese Refugee Camps of Mae Sot in Thailand




Maria Kennedy is a West Cork primary school teacher, married to Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking with two fine sons (15 and 13), daughter and her family, and with a passion for travel, people and adventure.


Maria is travelling from West Cork to a Burmese refugee camp in Mae Sot across the border in Thailand. During a month-long stay she will be working with the Burmese migrant community in Mae Sot and supporting some local child-related cause.

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After more than five decades of military rule, Burma's new government is undertaking high-level policy reforms in its desire to emerge from international isolation. Since the nominally civilian government came to power in March 2011, the Parliament has passed a number of laws which have allowed public demonstrations, and liberalised restrictions on the media, the Internet, and trade unions.

Despite the promise of reforms, humanitarian needs persist. An estimated 500,000 people are displaced by conflict in eastern Burma and another 800,000 Muslims in western Burma, known as the Rohingya, are stateless and lack the most basic of human rights. A number of conflicts with ethnic armed groups persist and the government will need to invest significant political effort to translate various ceasefires into sustainable peace. Approximately 3 million Burmese have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries. For refugees from eastern Burma, return to their homes may not be realised due to the extensive use of landmines by all parties to the conflict.


This is Maria's blog.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:12

Back in Action

Well the dreaded dengue fever has let me out of its grasp and I have resurfaced gratefully and am back teaching again.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 08:15

Tropical Virus Strikes

Pardon the long silence from Mae Sot but sad to say I have picked up a tropical virus and have been flattened by it since last weekend.
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:22

Settling in

I'm getting to the stage where I think I know where I am and what I'm doing on a day to day basis... a dangerous stage no doubt!
Monday, 02 July 2012 18:00

Week Two

Week two has begun and I'm starting to get into my stride here. I nearly know where I'm going most of the time and haven't been lost yet today!
Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:51

Mae Sot is Hot....and Wet!

Mae Sot is hot and wet! Every day I start off neat and tidy and within minutes am sweat soaked and a muddy mess with frizzy hair!
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 09:58

Expedition to Mae Sot - Arrival

Maria has arrived in Mae Sot having encountered something very strange to eat along the way....
Sunday, 24 June 2012 01:00

Expedition to Mae Sot - Setting Out

Maria is travelling from West Cork to a Burmese refugee camp in Mae Sot across the border from Burma in Thailand. During a month-long stay she will be working with the Burmese migrant community in Mae Sot and supporting some local child-related cause.

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