In February 2004, several Inter Pares’ staff members hiked into the mountains on the Thailand-Burma border to speak with refugees from Burma’s Shan State. This is a report of their visit.

From the town of Chiang Rai in Thailand we drive northwards. Soon we are in the hill country, climbing a winding road into the heart of the “golden triangle.” To the east of us is the Laos border. To the west is Burma (Myanmar); a bit farther north is the border of China. As the road becomes
progressively steeper our truck engine groans in protest.

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