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So far so good – villagers agree ceasefire has brought freedom of movement

April 29, 2012  •  Author: By Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

According to a Karen National Union source, villagers in Kyauk Kyi Township in the Bago Region have more freedom to travel since the preliminary ceasefire agreement between Karen National Union and government. Padoh Saw Ner Htoo Byaing, KNU chairman in Kyauk Kyi Township tol... Read more ►

Refugees protest for UN registration to resettle in a third country

April 29, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Since ceasefire talks between the Karen National Union and the Burma government refugees in camps in Thailand are facing an uncertain future. Rumors about repartition plans and funding cuts by international donors have all added to the tension. Last week as many as 100 prote... Read more ►

DKBA furious with Thai government over drug dealer accusations

April 28, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army released a statement defending their Commander-in-Chief Brigadier, General Saw Ler Pwe, who was listed on a most-wanted list of drug traffickers this week by the Thai government’s Narcotics Control Board. Karen News is led to understand t... Read more ►

BREAKING NEWS: Fire at Mae La Refugee Camp

April 28, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A fire has destroyed a bible school and other buildings in Mae La Refugee Camp, 57km north of the Thai town of Mae Sot at 12.30pm today. Camp residents managed to put out the fire after about an hour. A camp resident whom witnessed the fire explained to Karen News that the ... Read more ►

Burma Community Based Organizations question aid cuts

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Burma Community Based Organizations from inside Burma and along the border urged the international community to continue cross border aid even if there are ‘peace talks’ between the government and ethnic armed groups. The CBO’s said it is not the time to c... Read more ►

Villagers accuse both the Burma Army and KNLA of extorting “taxes”

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Villagers have accuse both the Burma Army and soldiers from the Karen National Liberation Army, Brigade 4, of extorting ‘taxes’ from them in Myitta Sub Township, Tavoy, in the Tenasserim Division Sin Phyu Tai village tract since the beginning of April. The villagers say ... Read more ►

Mon soldiers open fire on civilian car in Three Pagoda Pass area

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Passengers traveling in a private car allege soldiers from the New Mon State Party at a checkpoint in Ta Dein village in the Three Pagoda Pass area fired automatic weapons at their car. The incident occurred on April 18 when a NMSP gatekeeper, identified as Naing Nyein Chan ... Read more ►

KNU to close down antimony mining companies

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Karen National Union are about to close down two antimony mining companies operating in the Maw Lu Taung (known locally) area in Papun Township that are working in a KNU controlled area. Karen News understands that the KNU will stop the mining companies activities by the... Read more ►

Songkran/Thingyan Water Festival on the Thai Burma border – a deadly experience

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Saw Mort with additional reporting by Nan Paw Gay

Saw Mort, a Karen News video journalist and photographer, bravely took his camera to the water soaked streets of Mae Sot to capture migrant workers celebrating the annual water festival. On the Thai Burma border, the festival is celebrated by tens of thousands of migrant wor... Read more ►

Refugees — time to go home?

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Rumors of repatriation of refugees from Burma living in camps along Thai-Burma border are a major causing talking point for camp residents. Recent political developments in Burma and the recent ‘peace talks’ between the Karen National Union and Burma government have adde... Read more ►

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