January 30, 2014

Return to Aranyaprathet, 2010 - Photos courtesy of Stéphane Rousseau

The refugees at the border camps knew the name of the places where the volunteers departed each morning to come to the camps and returned at night:  Aranyaprathet, Tapraya, Banthai Samart...but we really never had a chance to go there, never envisioned what the towns look like.

Until now. These are photos of Aranyaprathet (know as Aran by refugees)  taken by Stéphane Rousseau, an UNBRO camp officer during our refugee time, to show the town many of us only know by name, and the organizations we remember by heart, when he revisited Aran in 2010

Thanks Stéphane for sharing these photos.

The photo album could be viewed here:

This used to be the location of the former UNBRO Warehouse.
Now occupied by Lotus, KFC...

And this, on the other side of the street, used to be the UNBRO Office

This was the very last office of UNBRO-UNHCR which I opened in 1994 and occupied,
as the Last of the UNBRO Mohicans..

What used to be the COERR office, from where Monta and all her COERR Medical Team friends used to leave every morning before heading to Site 2

The street across the Thalat Thorung (in front of Ploen)

The famous recognizable clock of Aranyaprathet's entrance, now lost in the middle of an intense traffic.

The photo album could be viewed here:


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