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Angelina Jolie Calls on Thailand To End Warehousing

On a recent visit to Ban Mai Nai Soi camp, Jolie asked Thai authorities to allow the approximate 110,000 refugees in nine camps in Thailand to have greater freedom of movement and to be able to leave their camps. Many of them have been warehoused in this camp for 5, 10, 20 years or longer. While refugee camps were intended to be temporary weigh stations on the way to true refugee settlement, the international community has let them become permanent camps where refugees live in squalid conditions with no chance to move their families into real homes, earn a living or provide a proper education for their children. USCRI launched an international Campaign to End Warehousing in 2004 to bring attention to refugee warehousing and end the inhumane practice. The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and several Nobel laureates have joined nearly 500 organizations from 80 countries in supporting the campaign.

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