How a refugee community deals with adoptionBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7394.873 (Published 19 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:873
- Rose McGready, obstetrician
- Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Mae Sot, Thailand
On the western border of Thailand more than 100 000 people of the Karen ethnic minority from Burma live in camps for refugees. Karen people are predominantly Animist or Buddhist. Some of the educated ones are Christian, but Animism remains a pervasive influence in most Karens' lives. Literacy among adult women is poor. Children go to school; couples marry and have children—a blessing for Karen people.
Naw Mu was an 18 year old Karen woman attending the antenatal clinics in Maela Refugee Camp. She had essential hypertension and, at 33 weeks gestation, developed …