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Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits refugees

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Reuters

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to a hero's welcome at a sprawling refugee camp for Burmese nationals in western Thailand.

The Myanmar pro-democracy leader is here to offer her support for the nearly 50,000 people living in the camp.

Many were forced from their homes decades ago by Myanmar's military government.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY LEADER AUNG SAN SUU KYI SAYING:

"I would like to them to understand that we are not going to forget them and that we'll do everything possible to make the situation better."

Many were overjoyed to see her.

(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 55-YEAR OLD THU THU WIN SAYING:

"I've been in Thailand for 45 years now. I have never gone home. It's like my own mother coming. I was born in Burma, but I haven't lived there. It's like I have no nationality."

Suu Kyi's visit was her first trip outside Myanmar in 24 years, 15 of which were spent in detention under the country's military junta.

Andrew Raven, Reuters

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