AUCKLAND: Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) have been relocated to New Zealand through the UNHCR Refugee Agency since 2000.
Many came to this country to escape the impoverished lives they were forced to live as a result of a civil war that has lasted more than 60 years.
Starvation, lack of education, lack of resources, and military prosecution are a few of the realities they have had to contend with.
As a result, the relocation from refugee limbo to New Zealand is seen as "heaven" by some.
This mini-documentary tells the story of three such Karen – Cicilia Dwe, Eh Doh Soe and Ehla Collins – who have found a new home.
Director: Johan Chang. (A rough translation of Tah Meu Lah is "hope".)
An educational video project made as part of AUT University's Asia-Pacific Journalism programme with the support of the Pacific Media Centre. www.pmc.aut.ac.nz
With thanks under fair dealing:
“The Only Moment We Were Alone”
Burma’s ethnic cleansing vs Karenni Army - BBC
UN fears for Burma refugees - Thomson Reuters
Thailand – Living in Exile - Link Media
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