1200 MILES | LIFE AND DEATH ON THE THAI BURMA BORDER

Thai Police search a Burmese immigrant for drugs at Mae Sai on the Thai - Burma border.

Thai Police search a Burmese immigrant for drugs at Mae Sai on the Thai - Burma border.

1200 Miles, Life and Death on the Thai – Burma Border Hundreds of thousands of displaced Burmese and ethnic minorities live precarious lives on the Thai/Burma border. They have fled persecution by Burma’s brutal military government, whose soldiers have burned their villages to ground, razed their crops and destroyed their livelihoods. The junta has crushed their communities through a relentless campaign of violence: murdering men, raping women and girls, and orphaning children. Survivors who make the long and dangerous journey through dense jungles, and across mountains and rivers, in their flight from oppression often illegally cross the border into Thailand. On the porous, shambolic border of Thailand they scrape a living as cheap labor, in sweatshops and in rice fields, on building sites and in grimy brothels. With no official status or "state of place", their existence is suffused with fear and hardship. At any time they may be captured and deported on the whim of the Thai authorities, and returned in cattle trucks to the evil regime in Burma they have fled. Yet still they flock here to the Thai-Burmese border, striving to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

Burmese immigrant crosses the Thai - Burma Border, Mae Sot Thailand.
Border crossing. Mae Sai - Northern Thailand.
Brand copy cigarettes and whisky sold by Buremese refugees. Mae Sot, Thailand.
Buremese children (refugees) Mae Sot, Thailand.
A Burmese sex worker prepares to meet her client. Mae Sot on the Thai - Burma Border.
Hotel room. (The hotel is in Thailand the view through the room  window is Burma) Mai Sai on the Thai - Burma border.
Burmese refugees, in the throws of Malaria. Mae Sot on the Thai - Burma border.
Longneck Kayan woman baths in Nai Soi refugee camp on the Thai - Burma border.
Illegal Burmese immigrant. Thai - Burma Border.
Rice Harvest. Mae Sot, Thailand.
Burmese worker waits for rice to transport. Thai - Burma border.
Burmese workers take a break during the rice harvest. Mae Sot on the Thai - Burma border.
Steps to Thailand on the 'Fiendship Bridge' that connects Burma to Thailand at Mae Sai, Northern Thailand.
Illegal crossing. Burmese workers make their way into Thailand to find work. Mae Sai, Northern Thailand.
Thai Army sniper scopes Burmese Army  soldiers inside Burma on the Thai - Burma border.
Burmese illegal immigrants are deported back to Burma. Mae, Sot Thailand.
Thai Police search a Burmese immigrant for drugs at Mae Sai on the Thai - Burma border.
Thai Police search a Burmese immigrant for drugs at Mae Sai on the Thai - Burma border.
Thai Police search a Burmese immigrant for drugs at Mae Sai on the Thai - Burma border.
KNLA rebel soldier reels back while in the throws of malaria. Mae Sot on the Thai - Burma border.
Thai Police search a Burmese immigrant for drugs at Mae Sai on the Thai - Burma border.
Buddha reflection, temple in Mae Sot on the Thai - Burma border.
Novice Monks (Burmese and Thai orphans) on their horses on the Thai - Burma Border.
Burmese landmine victim has his leg amputated in a clinic on the Thai - Burma border.
Burmese refugee girl on the Thai - Burma border. Mae Sot, Thailand.
Burmese refugee awaits cremation. Mae Sot, Thailand.
Orphange, Mae Sot Thailand.
Burmese sex workers (in doorway) Ranong, Southern Thailand.
Burmese woman with her child. Mae Sot, Thailand.
Burmese immigrant enroute to Southern Thailand.
A Burmese woman carves out a patch of jungle and builds a new home (after an long and brutal journey to escape oppression by the Burmese junta) on the Thai - Burma.