Mae La refugee camp is one of about 10 along the border between Thailand and Myanmar [File: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters]

Yangon, Myanmar – Drastic cuts to humanitarian assistance for refugees who fled Myanmar for Thailand have stoked widespread “hopelessness and depression” in camps along the border, deepening a mental health crisis that has seen suicide rates soar, a coalition of civil society groups says.

Major donors, including the European Union, Norway and Sweden, have withdrawn funding for the camps in recent years, leading to cuts in food rations for about 100,000 refugees as aid workers struggle with less than half the money they had in 2012.

Fifteen local groups have urged foreign donors to reinstate funds in a report published on Thursday to mark

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