A child at the Mae Tao Clinic, in Mae Sot, gets post surgical exam in the clinic's surgical ward.
There are unintended consequences to almost decision we make in life. Most times we go through our routines and don't even consider them. Sometimes though they have ramifications for people far removed from the decision makers. The situation for Burmese refugees and migrants on the Thai border is an example of unintended consequences on a large scale.
There are hundreds of thousands of Burmese living in Thailand. Some are living in refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border but many, many more are living in Thailand as migrant workers or economic refugees. Even though the political and economic situations are improving almost every day in Myanmar, Burmese are still coming to Thailand.
Even as Burmese are coming to Thailand, the assistance available to them is diminishing. This isn't because there isn't a need or because NGOs and aid organizations don't care. Ironically, it's because Myanmar's improving political situation is drawing aid dollars from Thailand to Myanmar.