“The Mon Women Network (MWN) made a decision in its meeting to help women and children, who arrived to Safe House which has been operating by WCRP. The safe house locates in Japan Yay-twin village in Three Pagoda Pass sub-township in Kyar Inn Seik Gyi township, Karen State. Those women and children are the victims of human rights abuses and civil wars”, Mi Thu Ta Zaw, one of the leaders in WCRP, said.
They will take care of those people, who arrived to Safe House, for a particular period. The WCRP will train them for promoting their knowledge and skills, according to Mi Thu Ta Zaw.
“Our safe house is going to help women and children until their lives are safe and secure. We will provide food and accommodation for them. We will accept the number of women from 5-10 and children from 10- 20 per month in our Safe House. We will permit them to stay at least 6 months in our safe house. During the time, we will give training for developing of their skills and knowledge,” Mi Aei Sone, the leader of MWN, said.
Safe House opened in 7th October 2011. Since then, it accepted the refugee women and children. The Mon Women Organization (MWO) and the Mon Women Network (MNW) in Sangkhalaburi, Thailand, have supported the safe house. Locals are happy for their helps to solve the social problems on the border area.
“Emerging the safe house is very good. We have a problem entering into Thailand because this area is border area and illegal gate way to Thailand. We face many difficulties. Among them, especially women and children are facing more troubles. We are very pleasant of having Safe House in our area. New Mon State Party will help them as possible as we can. We want sustainability of the safe house for long-term,” an official from the NMSP said.
Three Pagoda Pass area has lack of security because there are armed conflicts occurred between armed ethnic groups and Burmese Army. As well, it is also gathering influx of Burmese migrants, who daily travel to Thailand.
Safe House for Refugees
At about 12 am on 7 October, 2011, Mon Women Network (MWN) has opened a safe house for women and children who have been having trouble, in Japan Yetwin village in Three Pagodas Pass Township, Thai- Myanmar border. In that celebration, about (80) of people from Mon organizations and local people attended and opened with prayers by member of Buddhist monks.
Especially, this Safe House aims for all ages of women and children in trouble to alive without fees.
“Why we are able to open this safe house in border area, that we have seen a lot of women and children with having troubles. Some women were left with children by their husbands and they’ve struggled violently from danger with no place and no job for surviving their lives. We intend this house for not only Mon nation but also every ethnic nation who are indeed troubling” according to Mi Seikamar Non, a leader of Safe House and also an organizer of Mon Women Network.
Mon Women Network is organized with four organizations- Women and Child Rights Project (WCRP), Mon Women Organization (MWO), Mon Youth Progressive Organization (MYPO) and Thai- Border Health Initiative (TBHI). Although Mon Women Network has had since 2006, they didn’t show their performing but, they are now establishing 10 committee members for the first time.
“We’ve tried to open this house for 5 years ago but we’ve just opened it. We are very happy to show our cooperation for now” said a committee member of Sangkhalaburi in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand.
Safe House is going to be truly a dependable place for women and children refugees who are helpless. There are more than 12 Safe Houses for orphans in Sangkhalaburi, Thailand and there is only one Safe House in Japan Yetwin village, Thai-Myanmar border.