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lisabyrdcollection And of course #selfies #selfie #love #elderly #transitioning #respect see last two photos for #photostory #tellastory #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection As I wandered around and most inhabitants were off in the garlic farms, I found this elderly woman combing her hair, instinctively I offered to do it for her, she looked like she was suffering some #anxiety, perhaps #dementia and so she said yes and sat in front of me, I combed her hair and smoothed it as if she had more than she did, I also gave her a brief #reiki #energyhealing to ease her #anxiety. The top of her head was mostly bald because she keeps pulling out the white hairs, which is all of it, I think she thinks she only has a few and imagines her hair as it once was, long, full, black. A beautiful reflection for me on aging and a brief moment for her to feel loving touch from a stranger. #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d
  •   lisabyrdcollection She posed for this photo when I asked if I could take it she covered her head and say in meditation pose 6d
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lisabyrdcollection #playground #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection #stirfry #soup #salad #vegan #greens #delicious #local #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection #view #mountains #lychee #trees it's hazy because farmers burn their fields this time of year to fertilize them. It is illegal but no one can stop them. It is damaging the environment and our lungs but they don't see another way... #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection I was offered ant larvae salad and yes, I tried it. It is a delicacy this time of year when the big red tree #ants lay their #eggs Ive had it before in my time here, they kind of pop in your mouth, it's weird but bearable. #weirdfood #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection They are using #solarpower for a few hours light at night but the camp head has created this rice husk gas burner that burns for one hour which is enough time to cook rice in a pot, stir fry your vegetables and make your tea. He uses solar power for the blower, it's genius, I wish I had money to donate to help him make more for the camp. #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse #teatime 6d

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lisabyrdcollection Workers coming back from the #garlic #farms, they work about 10 hours a day for a few dollars, picking our garlic. #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection Such a cutie with his little wind kissed cheeks. I hope by the time he is ready to go to #school that there is one for him to attend #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection #Bathtime everyone in the camp shares these public bath and washing areas. All of their drinking water, cooking and cleaning water comes from this tank. Women have to wear a sarong to wash because they are in public. The area is packed when everyone gets back from working in the fields.#shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection A mobile shop, she is selling #vegetables #eggs and dried #beans #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection #ethnically appropriate posters in the clinic, very nice touch to let them see people that look like themselves that they can identify with #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection The #firstaid #clinic they were giving out free condoms which is awesome! They also give out basic first aid but serious cases are referred to the hospital. Women are forced to have their babies in the #hospital so they can get a birth certificate, without which you cannot do anything in #thailand #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection One of the #vegetable #gardens #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection What was great to see was that each little shelter had some kind of garden growing #flowers and #vegetables to make like a little easier. #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection #kitchen #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection This woman is weaving roof thatch. She can make about 20 pieces a day and sells them 3 for a dollar... The thatch on roofs like this has to be changed every couple of years. #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse 6d

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lisabyrdcollection #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse #chiangmai #thailand typical housing 6d

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lisabyrdcollection Never seen an iPad, these #kids are in a serious #marbles #game and I love it! So nice to get out of the city and see #children being children. They don't have much and their biggest lack is #education but they have so many other things that we don't in urban society. #shan #burmese #myanmar #refugee #idpcamp #refugeecamp #refugees on my visit to distribute #donated clothing and household items that I collected at my #vegetarian cafe @freebirdcafe and community learning center #thaifreedomhouse #chiangmai #thailand 6d

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