The UNHCR has verified there are still 99,956 refugees living in Temporary Shelters in Thailand. 

Refugees of mostly ethnic Karen and Karenni origin are enduring one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world in Thailand (with some having arrived in temporary shelters on the Thai-Myanmar border in 1984).  Voluntary Repatriation for refugees has officially begun but the fear of returning to an unknown future means nearly 100,000 refugees still remain in the 9 shelter camps running north to south along the Thai Myanmar border.

FilmAid's refugee teams working in the 9 camps on the Thai/Myanmar border are creating films and other visual content in close partnerships with associate INGOs and CBOs, providing mobile  cinema screenings which assist with the dissemination of  important and life enhancing messages. Those messages are designed by the refugees themselves to meet the needs and concerns of the communities.

Dealing with issues ranging from basic health and hygiene to TB prevention and landmine awareness, FilmAid's mobile screenings are able to reach all members of the community regardless of their age or level of literacy. 

With over 3000 screenings held since 2011, our films have surpassed 800,000 viewings. Thanks to our very dedicated and skilled teams, our screenings are targeted to the communities they need to reach.  Each screening can gather over 250 attendants at one time, which allows the partner NGOs and CBOs to rely on FilmAid for mass dissemination of key messages.


  • 66.8 million population

  • 96,593 refugees in 9 camps (MOI/UNHCR verified population (April 2019)

  • Refugees from 30+ countries including Myanmar enter Thailand as a result of statelessness, civil unrest and violence  


  • Started operations in 2011

  • Operating in 9 Shelter Camps along the Thai Myanmar border

  • Over 3,000 Community Screenings

  • Over 800,000 audience viewings

  • Over 200 refugees - Average audience number per screening

  • Registered as FilmAid Foundation in Thailand in 2015

  • Over 70 Screenings in 34 Migrant Schools in Border town of Mae Sot since June 2015

  • Screening Health films in TB and Ante Natal Clinics along the border


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