Bwe is a six-year-old boy who lives with his family in Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. His family has lived in the camp since leaving their home in Karen State, Burma twelve years ago. Bwe’s father sometimes works as a day laborer in the cornfields outside of the camp, and his mother stays at home.
When Bwe was an infant, he was diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder. Bwe has to visit the clinic often, and he is underweight and pale. His frequent hospital visits have disrupted his schooling.
This past month, his condition has worsened and he now needs surgery. On August 21, surgeons will operate on Bwe’s spleen to help alleviate some of his symptoms. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for his treatment.
Bwe looks forward to growing up healthy, saying, “I want to be a soldier or a pilot when I grow up.”
His mother adds, “I want to fulfill his dream. That would make me happy.”