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Hlaingbwe devastated by floods – getting aid is a lottery

July 8, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Residents of Hlaingbwe Town are still fighting floodwaters that swamped central Karen State last month. Town people say flooding caused by heavy rains broke the banks of the Hlaingbwe River in late June, putting many residential areas under water. Government officials say th... Read more ►

Burma army threats force villagers to abandon farms

July 8, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Threats from Burma army have forced more than 30 farmers in the Papun district of Karen state to abandon their farms and plantations. The villagers from Bu Tho Township sought help from the Karen National Union after the Burma army forced villagers to carry army supplies. ... Read more ►

Army increase security around Three Pagoda Pass

July 7, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Following a spate of attacks by unknown gunmen and bombers against a businessman with links to the Burma army and other military target in and around Three Pagoda Pass Town, authorities have increased security and the number of checkpoints in the area. Residents say checkpoi... Read more ►

A Hard Rain Falls

July 6, 2011  •  Author: Eh Na

Heavy rains battering eastern Burma have destroyed many rice farms cultivated by displaced Karen people. Humanitarian groups on the Thai Burma border say these people will face a food crisis at the next harvest. Naw Iris, a coordinator with the Committee of Internally Displ... Read more ►

Children forced to carry frontline supplies

July 3, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The Burma government has repeatedly denied the use of forced labor to international organisations, but villagers from Dweh Loe township in Papun district say the Burma army has forced men, women and including children, some as young as 11 to porter rations for their troops. ... Read more ►

Border closure hurts traders

June 30, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Since July 2010, Burma’s military regime has insisted on keeping the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border checkpoint closed in retaliation for what it claims was the unofficial construction of a concrete embankment on the Thai side. A year has almost passed and the border crossing betw... Read more ►

ENC plea ignored

June 27, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) issued a statement at the 6th congress in June, urging the newly elected Burmese president, U Thein Sein, to stop military attacks in ethnic areas, to hold a nationwide ceasefire and to start peace talk. So far the ENC request has made... Read more ►

Kawkeriek civilian shot dead by Burma army

June 27, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Myawaddy residents are running on scared after recent fighting in the area. Eyewitnesses said a civilian who ignored a Burma army warning not to drive on the Myawaddy-Kawkeriek road was shot dead by a soldier. A resident who witnessed the conflict told Karen News that fighti... Read more ►

World refugee day not a cause for celebration

June 26, 2011  •  Author: Eh Na

Saw The Blay, has spent 27 of his 34 years as a Karen refugee in Mae La refugee camp in Tak, Thailand and says he regrets not being able to live in his homeland. “I want to go back, but I dare not to go back. We cannot go home because there is no security – nothing but f... Read more ►

Music for the people!

June 22, 2011  •  Author: Cha Mu

A group of Karen refugee musicians and aritsts have got together to paint, write and sing about their hurts, love and their revolution. The group got together in 2006 determined to change misperceptions that refugees are nothing more than a needy rabble. Kweh Say, a founding... Read more ►

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