This is the 3rd posting for the trip to Piang Luang and is about our trip to the Shan – Lak Tran refugee camp just out side of town and near the temple. Here is a panoramic shot of the area around the village – This is a very large file so expect some time to load.
We arrived with gifts for the people of stuff like candles, medicine and some money for the small temple at the camp center.
And were greeted by a small band which called all the camp people out. Almost all of the adults were off working so that left only the children and seniors in the camp – but out they came to greet us.
Here are some quick shots I took – First the boys playing lag. I almost wanted to join them – I haven’t played marbles in over 60 years – I can still remember some of the games we had in Omaha and what a great collection of cat’s eyes, steelies, tiger, and other names I can’t recall. Everywhere in the camp I could see lines in the ground where they had started a game.
And this had to be one of the best shots I got of the children – I loved here smile – don’t you ? And isn’t this a striking young girl in her doorway. I was really impressed how clean both the people and camp were.
These were people with little or nothing, and yet they had peace of mind and you could see it everywhere – I created a SLIDESHOW of the rest of the images we took at the camp. We visited several huts, one – home to a old man and his wife – the Dr. gave them some medicine (his wife has cancer and no one to take care of them, no children). The camp helps out but each there still has to care for their family – but through it all these seniors had high spirits. What a great visit and we plan on going back again next month when the Dr. makes his run again.
Here’s a shot of the sunset from the camp temple grounds.