Songkhla Refugee Camp 1976 - 1983

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Songkhla Camp

Songkhla Camp in Thailand was hastily put together by Bangkok in June 1976 in Mueng District but it quickly ran out of room for the refugees; and thus in December 1978, a bigger camp was constructed on a beach far away from any sights of civilization in order to house the existing 3,000 boat people.

Two years later in February 1980, the camp grew to contain 32 wooden barracks and shelter more than 6,000 refugees who were in the camp at the time. The camp was surrounded by a barbed-wire fence and controlled by a Thai army company. It had a few wells to supply fresh water for cooking but no place for the Asylees to gather fire woods; thus, when the UNHCR’s monthly limited supply of charcoal ran out, the refugees were required to buy fire woods and other necessities such as cooking wares at a small market ran by Thai soldiers’ cronies just outside of the camp. Without financial resources or monetary assistance from overseas relatives, a refugee had no choice but to depend on charity in order to survive.

The Minor Center Virtual Home is the home of all the unaccompanied children and young adults who left Vietnam without parents or family members from the Songkhla, Sikiew and Phanatnikhom Thailand refugee camps.

Father Joe Devlin was the main force to build the 2nd Songkhla Children Center. The project was competed mid-1981

Housings in Songkhla Refugee Camp. These elongated houses, ususally with just a roof over a center divider. These are called "Lo". These Lo are divided up for families.

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