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Interview With Congressman Joe Pitts - 2003-02-05


Congressman Joe Pitts(Republican,Pensylvania) recently returned from a ten day trip to Southeast Asia where he visited refugee camps. He was accompanied by Lord David Alton, a member of the British House of Lords.

He visited the largest Burmese refugee camp in Thailand near the Burmese border and heard testimonies from victims of rape, land mines, torture and former political prisoners.

"They were the most traumatized people we met, the orphans could not smile, one little eight year-old boy has lost both of his parents. One family with four kids, the oldest about ten years old girl started to cry when we talked to her," said Congressman Pitts.

Something should be done to stop the brutality of the Burmese military, who are now turning Burma into one large concentration camp, said Joe Pitts. Congressman Joe Pitts is a member of the International Relations Committee. He was last in Southeast Asia as an officer in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

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