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Villagers face famine

August 3, 2011  •  Author: Naw Chamu

Farmers in the Nyaungliebin District of Karen State say the combination of severe weather that destroyed most of their crops and an out-of-control Burma Army stealing their foodstocks and livestock means many people now face starvation. Chamu reports. Villagers in Mone Towns... Read more ►

Fighting closes 14 schools

August 3, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Fighting between Border Guard Force factions forced 14 village schools in Hlaingbwe Township area to close. The fighting erupted after breakaway fighters and Border Guard Force soldiers loyal to the Burma Army clashed. The renegade faction unhappy with demands and controls e... Read more ►

Hundreds of Karen villagers forced to work at Burma Army camp

August 1, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Last week a researcher from the Karen Human Rights Group witnessed villagers in the Palu area been used as forced labor by the Burma Army. The KHRG eye-witness account comes on the back of other reports of forced labor occurring in other areas of Karen State in recent months... Read more ►

KNU warns off rogue companies

July 29, 2011  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen National Union has issued a warning to rogue companies operating in Karen areas that if they exploit local people, destroy the environment they will be forced to leave and take their business elsewhere. The KNU’s general secretary, Naw Zipporah Sein, said. “An... Read more ►

Italian-Thai company workers evacuated from Burma

July 29, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Yesterday Italian-Thai company workers were evacuated back to Thailand to escape fighting between Karen fighters and Burma army soldiers near their camp base. A Karen National Liberation Army source told Karen News, that on the morning of the 28 July KNLA fighter from Briga... Read more ►

Government fails to deliver on its promise of free education

July 28, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Amid much fanfare the new Burma education minister announced in April this year that all compulsory primary education would be free in the academic year 2011 to 2012. Parents in Karen State say it is now July and so far the much-lauded free education has yet to materalize a... Read more ►

Tak Governor cranks up the pressure on Burmese refugees

July 27, 2011  •  Author: Karen News reporters

Mr Samart Loifah, the governor of Tak Province, sent shockwaves through the Burmese refugee camps when he told reporters earlier this week that Thai authorities had been discussing with Burmese officials the possibility of closing the border camps. Mr. Loifah also speculate... Read more ►

Part 2: The Elephant and the Sesame Seed – Refugee education hit hard by severe budget cuts

July 27, 2011  •  Author: Ma Night Awa

International funds for Burmese refugees living in Thailand are being slashed — ZOA, a major educational donor plans to stop operating in the camps by 2012. Recent budget cuts to international educational organisations operating in seven refugee camps along the Thai-Bu... Read more ►

Burma army targets ethnic women

July 26, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Reports this week from Kachin and Shan States confirm rape is still being used as a tactic by the Burma Army to demoralise and terrorise ethnic communities. Shirley Seng, a spokeswomen working with the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, told Karen News that since June 9... Read more ►

KNU Stops Tavoy Road Construction

July 19, 2011  •  Author: Karen News Reporters

A giant construction project managed by an Italian-Thai company has run into a number of major stumbling blocks in Karen State. Villagers say they have not been compensated for the loss of their land and the Karen National Union has stopped it building a highway to Thailand... Read more ►

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