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Myanmar IDP Families Flee Airstrikes to the Thai Forest

A Karenni man shines a light toward a sign detailing rules and regulations at an IDP camp in the forest of Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

Fog rolls over the forested mountain range of Thailand near the Thailand-Myanmar border where the Internally Displaced People (IDP) who escaped airstrikes from the Myanmar military make camps, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Karenni people are seen loitering beneath a big tree at an IDP camp in the forest of Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

Makeshift shelters are seen scattering across the forest at an IDP camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand

People receive food at a distribution point at an IDP camp in the forest of Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

A car toy made from used plastic bottles is seen left on the ground an IDP camp in the forest of Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

Adults play volleyball on a dirt court at the edge of an IDP camp in the forest of Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

Children are seen reading aloud during a class inside a makeshift school at an IDP camp in the forest of Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Thandar Soe, 11, who originally from Htee The Kalo village in East Demose, but escaped the danger of airstrikes into Thailand with her family reacts while walking through an IDP camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

Thandar Soe, 11, draws an image of her old house in Htee The Kalo village in East Demose before taking refuge at an IDP camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

A child receives a medical checkup inside a tent that is used as a makeshift clinic at an IDP camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

A Karenni man is seen interacts with his child while walking through the makeshift shelters at an IDP camp in the forest of Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

In one of the world’s most intense conflicts, countless people from Myanmar, including various ethnic minorities, are forced from their homes and repeatedly driven from one settlement to another by aerial bombardments that have increasingly targeted civilian sites. As violence raged up on, word spread that the settlement in the forest at the Thai border was a safe haven and that the military would not risk an airstrike there. 

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