Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has given her support to Thai Children’s Trust, the UK charity that helps Burmese refugee children on the Thai border.
In a letter read out at a reception for the Trust in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 4 October, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner called on people to support the work of the charity, which provides care for some of the 350,000 Burmese refugees currently in Thailand. It is the largest UK charity focusing solely on Thailand.
In her message, which she wrote on 9 September 2011, Aung San Suu Kyi said: “The fate of migrant and refugee children is of particular concern; in addition to the deprivations they suffer they are often not certain if there is any part of the world they can call their own… Any effort to make the lives of such children healthier, happier or more secure is a truly worthwhile project.
“It will not only be a contribution towards the fulfilment of immediate needs, it will also constitute a contribution towards a better future for our country. I hope that all who are in a position to help the work of the Thai Children’s Trust will do so with generosity and enthusiasm.”
Andrew Scadding, Director of Thai Children’s Trust, says: “The situation for the ever-increasing numbers of ‘forgotten’ Burmese refugees is desperate. Aung San Suu Kyi’s words of support are timely and greatly appreciated.”
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