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Asia » Burma » Western Burma » Kyaukphyu March 8th 2014

After my 2011 trip to Kenya, I had another opportunity to volunteer for HWB (Hydrogeologists Without Borders), this time in Myanmar at an IDP camp run by Oxfam. The camp is located in the western Rakhine State and houses about 1500 Muslims who were displaced after their homes were burned down during the 2012 riots. The camp is guarded by the military, and the residents can only go into town with a police escort. The situation is more tense further north where the Muslim population is larger. My involvement with this project started in the fall when HWB was approached by Oxfam for help with their water wells. These drilled wells supply drinking water to the camp but the water but was turning salty, and their other water sources (springs and shallow hand dug wells) eventually ... read more
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