Nine Thousand Nights by Jack Dunford et al
Refugees from Burma: A People’s Scrapbook
To be a refugee is to have lost virtually everything you once held dear. Yet refugees know they are the winners of at least one thing: the fight to save their own skins. For most, survival took some indefinable combination of perseverance, judgement, and courage, under extreme and often terrifying circumstances.
Nine Thousand Nights: Refugees from Burma. A People’s Scrapbook. This unique publication, ‘authored’ by hundreds of people, collects together a rich array of insights, memories and images to provide a deeply human and intimate portrayal of the life and experiences of refugees from Burma over a quarter of a century. Many individual stories here may move, outrage, enlighten or surprise the reader - collectively, the perspectives of so many contributors come together to provide a rare ‘peoples’ glimpse into an extraordinary place and a period of history that will one day pass and be gone.
In remote ‘bamboo cities’ surrounded by deep forests and high mountains on the western edge of Thailand, refugees from Burma have lived a life apart for more than 25 years, or ‘nine thousand nights’. In this book, refugees from these camps and the ‘outsiders’ who have known them, share their personal memories of harsh, inspiring and extraordinary times on the Thai-Burma border. The book brings together a collection of hundreds of stories, anecdotes, art and photographs to paint a vivid mosaic of the life and times of a place and its people who have been waiting for justice, peace and solutions to their plight.
Thailand Burma Border Consortium
Large size 230 x 270 mm
184 pages, colour illus. & photos throughout, map, appendix listing acronyms