Due to 60 years of violence and oppression of ethnic minorities in Burma, millions of people have fled into Thailand seeking refuge and survival. Hundreds of thousands of children within that migrant population are stateless and without citizenship or official identity. Lack of documentation puts these children at high-risk of exploitation, abandonment, chronic poverty, abuse and human trafficking.
The Compasio team works along the Thai-Burma border with the most vulnerable among this population. In a place overwhelmed with need, many women and children slip through the cracks of society and other organization’s reach. Children are found begging in local markets late into the night with their younger siblings in tow. Young mothers have lost their husbands to senseless violence and are forced to raise their children alone. Families raise children in the local dump and dig through the trash every day for survival because they see no better alternatives. Babies are abandoned at the local Burmese clinic because parents cannot afford their care and children are abused or trafficked without consequence because of local corruption.
These lives are the most affected by injustice and they are the reason Compasio exists.