News, articles, and items of interest relating to The Mirror Foundation.

Marielle Ali, who interned with our Thai Citizenship project, has passed on the link below to her blog. The blogs relates to part of the work she was engaged in during her time with our team in Phayao province.

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Two young hilltribe girls, aged 14 and 16, have been returned to their homes after spending nearly three years in Malaysia.
The girls, whose names are protected for their safety, were lured into going south, to Hat Yai, for work. But, the individual that promised them work, took the girls straight across the border, into Malaysia. They were imprisoned, and would have spent many years in a brothel, had they not escaped within two days and gone to the police. Arrests were made and the girls were out of danger.
The saga didn't end there though, because the girls are without Thai citizenship. When the Malay police came to send them back across the border, and home, the Thai authorities refused them entry as they had no passport or documentation to show their nationality.
Because of this legal stumbling block, the girls were forced to spend two and a half years in a Malaysian refuge, without hope of returning to their home.
At this point we became aware of the issue from relatives, who came for advice from our legal centre (part of our Thai Citizenship project). Once the team looked into the details, we were able to secure temporary documents, allowing them to legally enter Thailand. Now that they are back home, and their parents are Thai citizens already, we can begin the process to gain citizenship for both girls.
It may seem strange that the girls are without citizenship, while their parents have it - one of the anomalies of the law is that children are not automatically given citizenship, even if they are born in Thailand.
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Earthquakes, hailstorms, and floods. It's been quite a year for disasters here. The most recent event was flash flooding throughout the region, which came about from days of heavy rain.

The Mirror Foundation

Our foundation was affected, with waters coming down the valley, overflowing the pond, crossing the road, and streaming down the small brook that runs down the side of our main access road. Damage, whilst not extensive, has had an effect - parts of the road have crumbled, in turn undercutting the gate foundations, and a portion of the retaining wall (which we built following the last major floods four years ago) has collapsed.

Ban Huay Khom

The main village, a few minutes down the road from us, was hit more badly. As four years ago, a flash flood smashed into the village in a matter of minutes, leaving destroyed rice crops in its wake, before overwhelming around twenty houses which are situated in the path of the flow. The level reached up to a metre in some houses, and many household items were ruined - beds, clothing, furniture - or caked in a layer of mud.

The villagers came together, supported by the local fire department, as well as our volunteers and staff, to help move possessions out of the houses and then begin to clean up. One eye was kept on the sky above, but more expected rain failed to arrive, and the afternoon was bathed in sunshine as the community worked together.

If you would like to donate funds to help the more vulnerable, then please use the link below.


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