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Living in limbo

Victims of Middle East crises who seek refuge in Thailand languish for years as they await resettlement

Photos: Pornprom Satrabhaya

It is hard not to get noticed in a sea of Thai faces when you are Middle Eastern. Being a refugee in Thailand, which is very "grey" on such status, will only add to the predicament.

Remaining inconspicuous is not always easy, but for friends and fellow refugees Mohamed*, a Syrian refugee who has resided in Thailand for nearly five years, and Ahmad*, an Iraqi refugee who has been in Thailand for four years, life could have been worse if they had continued to live in their respective countries.

Religious and political persecution are the main reasons they fled their homes in search of a better life -- instead finding themselves in limbo.

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