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The Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Bible School and College in Mae Lae camp, established in 1984 and run by Reverend Simon, offers general education to refugees with more than 300 pupils. Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Just 8kms from the border, Mae La is the largest of all of the camps and it has become well established as a central point for refugees fleeing Burma. Officially there are approximately 32,000 people living in often squalid cramped conditions in the camp, although a more realistic number is closer to 50,000. Every dry season, the area is tense with concerns relating to camp security - threats of armed attack and/or attempts to burn the camp.
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