Disaster Relief for Burmese Refugee Camp

February 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

On February 23rd, a fire swept through Umphiem Refugee Camp on the Thai-Burma border, engulfing houses, schools, and mosques.  Umphiem, Thailand’s second largest camp, is home to 20,000 Burmese refugees.  The fire destroyed approximately one third of the camp, leaving thousands of people with nothing but the shirt on their backs.

Video Still from Umphiem Fire, February 23, 2012, taken by Adam and Trish

If you would like to help, donations can be made here.

Our dear friends Adam and Trish live and teach in Umphiem, and have set up this page about the relief effort.  Pictured above and below are two stills from a video by Adam and Trish on the day of the fire.  We wish them well!

Video Still from Umphiem Fire, February 23, 2012, taken by Adam and Trish

When I lived on the Thai-Burma border, one of my practices was to make what I call Memory Drawings.  Essentially, when I saw a moment that I wanted to remember, I would later document it with a quick sketch.

Pictured below are two such drawings. First, a family with a trash cart made from salvaged corrugated sheet metal.

Memory Drawing, Burmese Refugee Family Collecting Plastic in Mae Sot, Graphite on Paper, 2011

After a night of drinking by the fire, my neighbor, a cattle herder, decided to start the day with a little cockfighting at dawn.

Memory Drawing, Morning Cockfight, Graphite on Paper, 2011

To see more of my artwork, please visit MikeSchultzPaintings.com.

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