Friends of DARE is a non-profit Canadian charity. Friends of DARE educates other Canadians on the oppressive and dangerous situation in Burma and supports the efforts the DARE Network to prevent and treat substance abuse within the displaced people of Burma.
Since 1962 the people of Burma have been ruled by a vicious military junta who have systematically attempted to ethnically cleanse the minority tribes of the country.
In 1988, the military regime ordered the massacre of students and monks who were calling for democracy. The ruling junta has refused to accept the outcome of the 1990 elections, instead choosing to rule by force.
Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the legally elected leader of the Burmese people, has been under house arrest for over 16 years.
Over 100,000 people who have fled Burma are now in nine refugee camps on the Thailand/Burma border while thousands continue to flee the country or hide in the jungles of the ethnic states.
Thailand also hosts more than 1 million migrants from Burma working in factories and farms for long hours and minimal pay. These migrant workers are often fleeing the same human rights abuses and loss of livelihoods as those confined to refugee camps along the border.
The military regime of Burma is a narco-dictatorship. This means they keep their economy going by growing and exporting drugs such as heroin. Most of the heroin on the streets of Canada comes from Burma.
This affects Canadians every day in terms of health care and crime. The proceeds of these drugs are used by the regime to buy arms to use against their own people.
Because the ethnic people of Burma cannot go home, developed countries including Canada have accepted refugees for resettlement.
The Karen are one of the largest ethnic group in Burma and thousands of Karen people will settle in many communities across Canada during the next few years.
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