April 7th 2011
On Monday 4th April 2011, 16 Burmese migrant workers were killed and 50 seriously injured when the overcrowded truck crashed. 
The Mekong Migration Network (MMN) and the Action Network for Migrants (ANM) are deeply concerned by the continued practice of packing workers 

Dear friends and supporters,
We would first like to thank everyone for the generous support you have given. As well as donations of clothes, bedding, toiletries and money directly to the migrants, MAP also received donations totalling 59,000 baht.

Although the migrants were physically and mentally exhausted by their ordeal, they managed to help each other through the trauma, even managing to go back to work immediately afterwards. At the end of the first week,  they found rooms to rent and life started to get back to normal.

Very sadly, the man who had been in the intensive care unit, after making a slight recovery, died a few days later from the extensive burns. He  is survived by three children, a young daughter aged 9 and two young sons aged 11 and 13 years who live in Burma. We have made contact with the remaining family in Burma and will use the donated money to send contributions for the children's education every three months. The first transfer has already been made and received.
An amount of the donation was also used to perform religious rites for his funeral.

In addition, you may remember that one young girl heroically saved her disabled younger brother from the fire by carrying him out of the building. The young boy is now undergoing treatment for his disability. Although most of the treatment is free, there are transport and other associated costs which we are supporting from the donations. His treatment to reshape his legs so that he can walk, may take many years and we hope that we will be able to continue to support him through this. At the moment, the sister takes care of her brother while the parents are at work. We are currently in discussions with the family about looking for alternative arrangements so that the sister (and later the son) can attend school.

We would like to thank everyone who provided support. We will continue to update on the situation. Any further contributions will be used to support these two families.

Best wishes,
Jackie Pollock
Director, MAP Foundation

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Press Release 2 issued by MAP Foundation, www.mapfoundationcm.org

April 22nd 2010

Migrant Workers Survive Fire in Chiang mai but No time for Recovery

Woken in the middle of the night as a fire ravaged their apartment building, the young  men and women who rented the rooms and worked as cleaners and construction workers, ran as fast as they could. A young girl carried her disabled brother on her back to safety. One Shan man was severely burnt and remains in ICU in hospital, another young man had his arm burnt and is being treated by the hospital.

Today the workers are safe in a temple but that hospitality will run out soon. Less than 24 hours after the traumatic fire, the employers were already contacting them. Some offering a small donation, but all insisting that they go back to work the next day. As informal sector workers, the migrant workers affected by this fire, do not get paid sick leave, but they can?t even take unpaid sick leave without fear of losing their jobs.

They have lost everything that they have worked for. Those who were paying off their motorbikes are left with the debts to finish the payment and no motorbike. No personal transport also means having to find at least 30 baht a day to get to and from work to pay the exorbitant costs of transportation in Chiang Mai where there are no public buses but only expensive ?silors? (private mini-buses).

The local authorities (tessabarn) have promised to coordinate with the Department of Employment to ensure that the migrants? documents which were burnt in the fire are re-issued quickly so that at least the migrants do not have to fear being arrested by the police. As the employers are already insisting that the traumatized workers return to work, it is hoped that the tessabarn and Department of Employment will act quickly.

For further information please contact:

Nang     089 633 6477 (Thai and Shan)
Kan       085 865 1979 (Thai and English)

We are accepting donations for those affected, please donate at:

Account Name: Tsunami Action Group
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Account:    471-2-19749-3
Bank:    KASIKORNBANK
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