In the new village of Lay Kay Kaw, there are clear signs that much development is still needed on the path to repatriation,but roads to the area aren’t the biggest concerns, as new settlers still lack the basics.
很明显，在新Lay Kay Kaw村，统一之路仍然需要发展，但是，鉴于新定居在这的人们仍然没有基础保障，统一不是最严重的问题。
The main problem in the village right now is the water supply.
We have trouble with the water system, such as water pipes cracking or breaking down.
A mix of 3,000 Karen state refugees and internally displaced persons live in low-cost houses,but support for the 900 families with limited job opportunities is a concern for many, including former refugee Who Soe.
Here it’s hard to get a permanent job.The only available work is day to day.We have to search for our own jobs.Many of the refugees were farmers before being displaced, and now without land they are unemployed.Right now, my son has a job to do, but in the past he could not find any work.
I have two more cousins that are going to resettle in this village soon, but I don’t know what jobs they can find here.It’s going to be hard for them.With the ceasefire in place, land grabs are rising, and a recent study shows that military connected businesses account for nearly 50 percent of them.
There are also many investors, including the Myanmar government who want to do business in our area and open factories.
They say they will create more jobs for locals, but we have to consider how to manage and make our land work for everyone.
As refugee camp budgets and food supply shrink on the Thai side of the border, the prospect of returning to a secure and sustainable future in Myanmar remains in question.
Steve Sandford for VOA News in Karen state Myanmar.