We vaguely know how they came to help, what they encountered, where they lived during those days. We met them somewhere around the camp, greeted them in the passing trucks, worked with them at the clinic, talked to them when they brought food and water to the camps.
When night came we withdrew to our shelter and worried about our own life for tomorrow; The volunteers returned to their place somewhere inside Thailand, Aranyaprathet, Tapraya, Banthai Samart...Wherever it was, we were so concerned about our own fate that we did not seem to think much about them, except what to ask for next time when they came.
We suffered the hardship in the refugee camps because we were forced to, the volunteers faced the dangers because they were willing to, because of their golden hearts. They choose to endure because of their desire to save us.
Their sacrifice is a testament to humanity, to the loving and caring for us the refugees. For that we are always grateful, and indebted to.
These photos tell one of the incident the volunteers encountered when they brought water, food, medical supply and personnel to site 2 camp in 1988. The Thai villagers got angry and blocked the road from the convoy, when Stéphane was called in to persuade the villagers to let the supply convoy go.
|Stéphane Rousseau in his truck at Site 2|
|"Les négociations débutent" - the negotiation begin (Stéphane Rousseau)|
Photo by Dr Rob Overtoom