Thailand: school uniforms save children from deportation

If a child in the town of Mai Sot in Thailand is wearing a school uniform, they are unlikely to be picked up by the police and immigration officers and sent back over the border to Myanmar, teachers report.

The Hsa Thoo Lei School in Mae Sot, near the Burma border, provides as many uniforms as they can afford, but for those who have no uniforms and whose parents can not afford them, they borrow uniforms of former students.

Some shirts and blouses look like they have had many wearers over the years, some have been repaired and stitched up so many times they look like a patchwork quilt, but at least it is a uniform and wearing it they are safe from being deported.

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