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Burma Military Attacks Continue, Killing Another Mutraw District Villager

Burma Army soldiers based at the Paw Khay Kho military camp in Mutraw district fired twelve artillery shells into Yeh Mu Plaw, Tae Boe Plaw and Saw Mu Plaw villages around 4:30pm on April 8. The shelling killed Saw Ki Bu, from May Pwae Hta village in Yeh Mu Plaw village tract in Lu Thaw Township, Mutraw (Papun) district. The…

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Burma Army Attacks Displaced 20,000 Civilians kill 20 and injure 27 – Urgent Need for Shelter, Food, Medicine…

The Free Burma Ranger, a frontline humanitarian group, reported on April 5 the military launched two airstrikes on Dwe Loe Township, Mutraw (Papun) District northern Karen State. On the same day as it announced its one-month ceasefire, Burma Army troops indiscriminately fired mortars into villages in Lu Thaw Township. The air strikes and Burma Army bombardments that began on 27th…

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An Army that Bombs Its Civilians is Out of Control

A local aid worker told Karen News since the airstrikes people live in fear of the Burma Army attacks and bombing raids from the air. “We estimates that there are now a total of 20,000 displaced villagers in the whole Mutraw district. This is since the beginning of the year.” Burma Army ground attacks began in December 2020 and the…

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Thai Authorities Refuse Sanctuary to 2009 Villagers Seeking Safety from Burma Military Airstrikes

The villagers who were forced back by the Thai authorities to the Burma side of the border are now too afraid to go back to their homes in Ei Tu Hta because of the threat of airstrikes and are now taking refuge in makeshift jungle hideouts. Thai news media reported the Thai government said they were not prepared to interfere…

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Burma Military Jets Bomb 10,000 Villagers Out Homes – 3,000 Flee to Safety in Thailand

Airstrikes by Burma military jets in the Northern Karen State of Mutraw (Papun) district forced more than 10,000 villagers from their homes and as many as 3,000 of them cross the border for their safety into Thailand. The Karen Peace Support Network said in a media statement the Burma military’s nighttime bombings raids followed helicopter surveillance flights around 3.30pm, Saturday…

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Thai University Joins Karen Calls for the Release of Activist Saw Lin Htet

Saw Lin Htet was arrested by Burma’s security forces on March 23, 2021 while travelling home from a community meeting with villagers. Saw Lin Htet, a Karen youth activist is based in Hpa-An and was involved in many community works in the area. Close friends said security forces arrested him when he was coming back from a meeting in Don…

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After the Smoke Clears, what will be Left of Media in Myanmar?

By Phil Thornton Freelance journalist Ko Wei Min* describes thick black smoke mushrooming over his home in Hlaing Tha Yar and reflects back to Sunday, March 14, when the “soldiers came in 20 trucks armed with machine guns.” The smoke that hung over Hlaing Tha Yar like a war zone came from Chinese-owned factories torched by unknown arsonists and resident…

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Journalists Arrested, Independent Media Shut Down in Myanmar

*By Phil Thornton Six of the many journalists detained since the beginning of Myanmar’s coup on February 1. Credit: Facebook Myanmar’s military has intensified its efforts to dismantle the country’s independent media and to block journalists’ ability to work. Media covering the country’s nationwide protests told IFJ, ‘legal’ restrictions, harassment, arrests and increased violence by the military is intended to…

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Myanmar’s Potential Solution Within

*By Saw Kapi By March 16, 2021, more than 180 citizens of Myanmar have been killed by the security forces and ten times the number remained in detention. The protests against the coup continue both during the days and nights as well. It has become quite obvious that “watching and worrying” strategy by the international community is obviously not working.…

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Women and Journalists Targeted by Security Forces – Arrested Numbers Grow Daily

The protest against Burma’s military coup was organized by local communities from Kawkareik Township. Bo Bo, a protest organizer, confirmed to Karen News 10 women including two teachers and a man were detained by police on Sunday 28th of February. “The two teachers were grabbed and loaded into a car by police. The police then made an announcement telling the…

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