Burmese refugees’ children in
India cannot go to school
DVB (August 22,2003)
About 50 children are pulled out of school due to the reduction
of stipends given to the Burmese refugees in New Delhi by
Before March 2003, the UNHCR gave Burmese refugees about
1,400 Indian rupees each month to cover their basic necessities.
But 30% of the stipend was reduced after March.
U Nyunt Hla, a parent of Burmese Refugee Parents-Pupils Committee
said, “With the stipends cut, we are in a situation
where more children would be unable to go to school.”
The UNHCR is persuading refugees not to depend on the organisation
only but to find jobs on their own. Also, the stipends will
be cut off from the refugees within a year. But it is difficult
for Burmese refugees to find a low payment job in India.
As a result, children of Burmese refugees are becoming the
most vulnerable victims of the cuts and their future is worrying.