Chin Refugees Living Above KL (2006-07)


Chin refugees started arriving in Malaysia from the westernmost state of Myanmar about 20 years back. Back in Chin State, they are often forced to be porters along the heavily mined border with India. Some of their land and properties have been seized by the military for little or no remuneration. Women also live under the threat of sexual abuse. Today, there are over 20,000 Chin living in Malaysia, with the bulk of whom in Kuala Lumpur (KL). They are often tucked away above the Malaysian capital in government flats and low-cost apartments. This story follows their lives in KL, as they await deportation or resettlement.