World Aid is a medical relief organization working primarily in third world countries. After becoming incorporated in 1989, the first mission opened in Laos in 1990. In late 1992 work also began with the thousands of displaced tribal refugees along the Thai-Burma border.
Due to the lack of cooperation from the communist government of Laos, World Aid has had to curtail projects through them . Most of the activities are now concentrated on the Thai-Burma border.
Burma has been reduced to a desperate place after more than 50 years of civil war. World Aid is greatly encouraged by the increased cooperation of various relief organizations working side by side in an attempt to reduce the horrible suffering and oppression in this war-torn border region.
The majority of Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGOs) support to this region goes to the refugee population residing in organized but unofficial refugee camps in Thailand. The current refugee population in these camps is currently around 100,000 persons. The basic immediate needs of these people are currently being met by several large international relief organizations.
The largest and most difficult problem in the area is that of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) living inside Burma. And this is World Aid’s primary concern.
This population estimated at 1.5 million have had their villages and homes destroyed, families murdered, raped and taken away for forced labor, livestock killed and stolen, rice fields destroyed and then mined and rice barns burned.
The junta currently in power in Burma, the “State Peace and Development Council” (SPDC) has in fact a written policy that amounts to genocide against the Karen ethnic group that is indigenous to this region as well as several other ethnic groups through out Burma. The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) has been documenting the atrocities committed against humanity in this region and posts their findings on their web page at www.khrg.org . There are extensive problems encountered in attempting to meet the needs of 1.5 million people wandering through remote the jungle laced with enemy troops given orders to shoot anyone on sight.
One of our biggest challenges is that the people we are trying to help live in a contested area which is basically a war zone. It is in fact a political trap to openly admit that we are working in this area let alone soliciting support via a website etc. Therein lies the inability of large organizations and understandable hesitancy of others to become involved. The Burmese military has an intelligence network that is extensive and effective. Also Thailand is extremely interested in so called constructive engagement to promote trade with Burma. Therefore Thailand (the country our operations are based out of) strongly discourages any effort that might jeopardize their relations with Burma. Thus lies our problem of advertising our assistance via the Internet or any other medium.
So in the end support for the IDP population is currently far short of what is needed. There are vast parts of this region that have no outside support at all. It is our policy that 100% of funds received go directly to the designated project and unless specifically designated for overhead costs, your funds will get there.
Please stand with us as we continue to loose the chains of the oppressed, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners, tend to the sick and take in the homeless.