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.
Tham Hin refugee camp (Photo courtesy of Nicolas Axelrod).
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.
Karen refugees living in Mae La camp.
Drug Trade in Canada
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.
Resettlement of Karen Refugees
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.
|Help DARE Network respond to substance abuse along the Thai/Burma Border. (Photo courtesy of Nicolas Axelrod).|
To help DARE Network respond to the addiction problems on the border donations can be made to DARE Network in the following ways.
Donating online using your credit is fast, easy and secure.
Click on the link hi-lited in blue below to:
By Cheque or Credit Card at the Primates World Relief and Development Fund (Anglican Church of Canada):
Mail a cheque made out to PWRDF and mark DARE Network
on the memo line of the cheque. To donate by credit card please
call one of the numbers below. A Canadian tax receipt will be issued for your donation.
The Primate's World Relief & Development Fund
80 Hayden St., Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2
Phone: (416) 924-9199 ext. 206 Fax: (416) 924-3483 Toll-free:1-866-308-7973