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Villagers claim Dawei deep seaport project making life hell

October 28, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Villagers living in the area of the Dawei deep-sea port, part of a mega development project worth USD$60 billion that is planned for southern Burma, claim it is making it hard for them to now make a living. Villagers in the Nabule area of Yebyu Township claim that they have ... Read more ►

Thauk Ye Khat Dam floods hit 40 villages

October 25, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Flooding caused by the Thauk Ye Khat hydropower project in Toungoo Township, Bago has stopped local villagers trading. The dam project finished on 13 October and has since block the waterways in the Toungoo Township area. Padoh Saw Eh Wah, the Karen National Union chairman i... Read more ►

Message to the KNU – Unite for the Karen people

October 25, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Karen community organizations, people and religious leaders in Burma have called for the Karen National Union (KNU) to resolve its internal conflict, unite and to continue its ongoing ‘peace-talks’ with the Burma’s government. Representatives from different Karen socia... Read more ►

KNU leaders hold ’emergency meeting’

October 24, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union is to hold a ‘special emergency’ meeting tomorrow, Thursday 25th October, to solve differences between two factions that have recently emerged that threatened to divide the KNU and de-rail ‘peace talks’ with the government. In an effort to re... Read more ►

David Taw makes peace

October 21, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei and S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

As many as a thousand people turned out to pay their last respects at Padoh Saw David Taw’s funeral which was held at Thay Bay Hta in the Karen National Union 7th brigade. The crowd included David Taw’s family, officials from KNU and KNLA, Padoh Saw Ah Toe, Padoh Saw Ro... Read more ►

Mine pollution destroys village

October 20, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Pyaw Pyo villagers claim polluted water from the Heinda Mine, in the Dawei District in southern Burma, has made their lives unbearable. Daw Aye Ye, from Pyaw Pyo village told Karen News. “My house is flooded and all of my plantation is gone. My well that I used to use ... Read more ►

Karen children get small taste of their own language

October 20, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Small girls and boys in a variety of traditional Karen costumes – girls wear striped, white, blue and yellow dresses, while boys wear red. It is Saturday morning and the children gather in front of their wooden school, a basic structure that lacks walled classrooms. T... Read more ►

RIP – Padoh Saw David Taw – (1948-2012)

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Padoh David Taw, a Karen leader, died tonight at 10:30pm in Mingalardon military hospital in Rangoon. Padoh David Taw, aged 65, passed away after suffering from a long illness. The Burma government tonight (Sunday) will fly by helicopter, Padoh David Taw’s body to Karen S... Read more ►

Karen people will KNU leaders to unite

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

An attempt to reunify a recent division in the Karen National Union has made marked progress this week when both sides agreed to talk. Karen people and community-based-organizations around the world were shocked to read in the media that three KNU leaders had breached the po... Read more ►

Heavy rains, landslides force refugee camp schools to close

October 14, 2012  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung

Bad weather has closed schools and is making life miserable for residents in Umphiem Mai refugees camp that is located on the Thai side of the border with Burma. Refugee camp residents say October has been a bad month for them. Heavy rain, strong winds and dense fog has made... Read more ►

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