An illiterate farm labourer from Burma’s Karen state, Jo Kae’s village was repeatedly attacked by the Burmese army. When he helped a group of students escape over the border during the 1988 uprisings, Jo Kae found himself unable to stay safely in Burma. After escaping to Thailand, he met and married his wife Daisi in Mae La Camp. Lively, good fun and always cracking jokes, Jo Kae is a popular figure in Mae La’s community.