Weakness Of Karen Refugees

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In this study Bartholomew, Gundel and Kantamneni (2015) aimed at identifying the meanings ascribed to pre-resettlement stress among relocated Karen refugees. To identify participants, researchers used purposeful sampling, and interviewed with 6 refugees. Through phenomenological analysis, the authors identified 286 meaning units, which were categorized into four themes. The themes included loss from oppression, resignation and acceptance in a context of regular violence, ongoing insecurity while confined in camps, and redefined selfhood. Authors presented the issue through current relevant research. They comprehensively addressed the mental health sequela of refugees, pre-resettlement stresses and the way in which they adversely affect the mental health of refugees including a variety of mental health problems such as depression and PTSD. One of the strengths of the paper is that, researchers provided historical background of tension between Karen Refugees and Burmese government, which might help readers put Karen refugees’ experiences in a context. To comprehensively understand the core of their problems, we need to educate ourselves on historical and political backgrounds of human right violations.
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I had hoped to read more about the strengths of Karen refugees during their pre-resettlement phase. No matter how much atrocity these people go through, somehow they still survive. It must be something that keep them going. Next step might include looking at their assets along with the problems. I would like to see whether they have particular strengths. It might be an indigenous treatment or belief, some particular religion or ritual shaping their appraisal, strong ethnic pride, their heroic history sticking out to them (which is the case in my country), their music or future

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