SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Life in Burma and Life as a Refugee

Ian Werrett
Mr Ian Werrett (Formerly of the Chow Kit Foundation (Assistant Centre Manager / Outreach Worker) and UNICEF (Researcher). Currently writing for ‘LLB Online’ and ‘Interact UK’)

Date: 21 November 2012Time: 3:15 PM

Finishes: 21 November 2012Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 403

Type of Event: Seminar

CSEAS Special Student Event


This seminar will tell the story of those who lived in and fled Burma. Ian will recount personal stories shared with him by those who had been subject to sever oppression by both the military regime in Burma and human traffickers. Personal cases and pictures will be shared to offer an insight into the life of a refugee.

Feel free to raise any topics for discussion:

  • What do those who have fled Burma really think of Aung San Suu Kyi?
  • What is life like for someone who is living illegally in Malaysia?
  • How do refugees cross the borders?
  • How do children view genocide?
  • Is the UN doing enough?
Speaker Biography

Ian began working with Burmese refugees in 2009, conducting outreach to four different refugee communities.  Ian was detailing their needs and providing educational materials, health care and legal assistance. After one year of gathering information Ian was hired by the United Nations to submit research on the plight of refugee children living in Kuala Lumpur. Ian has provided information to Burma Campaign UK and the Malaysian Government.

In 2012, after 3 years in Kuala Lumpur he has returned to the UK to raise awareness about the situation for children living in Burma and those living as refugees in Malaysia.

Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office

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Contact Tel: 020