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Burma Army shell village, kill cattle

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Villagers from Kyauk Gu in Three Pagoda township said Burma Army soldiers randomly shelled their homes, destroying houses and killing cattle. Kyauk Gu residents say the Burma Army fired about 40, 60 mm mortars into the village after fighting between Karen armed groups and th... Read more ►

DKBA won’t go give up the fight

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The Kayin State Democracy and Development Party (KSDDP) based in Hpa-an in Karen State, announced in the state-controlled media that it did not recognize the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and claimed that the group undermines peace and stability of the State under the name ... Read more ►

Ethnic Alliance says government’s ceasefire offer is unacceptable

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

The United Nationalities Federal Council said the recent letter from Burma’s President, Thein Sein’s announcing a countrywide ceasefire was unacceptable. The letter urged the ethnic armed groups to get in touch with their regional/state level governments. The UNFC’s re... Read more ►

Heavy rains, landslides destroy refugees’ houses

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Monsoon rains earlier this week caused landslides and destroyed four refugee houses at Karenni Refugee Camp 2 located on the Mae Sariang River, Mae Hong Son Province on the Thai-Burma Border. The camp officer-in-chief, U San Hla, told Karen News there were no injuries or dea... Read more ►

Japan to take refugees from Umpheim camp

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Burmese refugees in Umphiem camp in the northern Thai province of Tak have the chance to resettle to Japan in 2012. Saw Wah Htee, the chairman of the Umphiem refugee camp committee, spoke to Karen News and said the Japanese government representatives and officials from the ... Read more ►

Thai and Burma joint mining operation dirties village water

September 5, 2011  •  Author: Saw Ehna

Villagers in the east of Tavoy, southern Burma claim authorities have ignored their complaints against a Thai company and a Burma government joint venture mining operation that has been polluting their drinking water for a decade. A local villager from the affected area (wh... Read more ►

BGF order 9 villages to relocate to Myaing Gyi Ngu

September 4, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Mying (KIC)

The Border Guard Force based in Myaing Gyi Ngu area has ordered nine villages in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State to relocate to Myaing Gyi Ngu in mid-August, according sources in the area. Captain Pha Nwee and Saw Htun Hlaing, BGF advisory board members, issued the orders to... Read more ►

Villagers killed in Burma Army attack

August 31, 2011  •  Author: Nan Sunday Htoo Khin

Villagers who witnessed two civilians killed last week say Burma Army soldiers on a search and kill mission fired indiscriminately into a jungle hiding site killing the two civilians in Southern Burma, on August 21. A local Karen National Union source from Mergui-Tavoy Distr... Read more ►

Karen Martyrs’ — R.I.P

August 28, 2011  •  Author: Khaung Hsu Lite

“I was asked to speak at the 61st Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration ceremony. Karen people came together to pay homage to their men, women and in some cases children, who had given their lives for their people. Emotions were high. Nearly all Karen people have lost som... Read more ►

Back to school for refugee camp students

August 27, 2011  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The heavy monsoon rains hammered the north of Thailand in early and middle August, breaking the banks of the Mae Sariang River in Mae Hong Song province and flooding two refugee camps and nearby villages. The floodwaters destroyed 400 houses in the camps, made 2,000 people h... Read more ►

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