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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 ►

Villagers claim dam will ruin lives

July 16, 2011  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Karen News reporters investigate persistent rumours that a dam site is being prepared for construction in Southern Burma. The site, on the Tenasserim River, is causing concern among villagers in the area who claim that a Thai company has been surveying the area and plans to ... Read more ►

Former BGF fighters ready for war

July 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw K'Shee

The desertion, in April of a 1,000 Border Guard Force soldiers from under the control of the Burma Army has given a huge boost to other Karen armed groups. Karen News reporter Saw K’ Shee has just returned from interviewing the renegade BGF leader, Major Saw Beeh at his u... Read more ►

Deadmen Walking

July 13, 2011  •  Author: Blacktown

Humanitarian groups accuse Burmese government soldiers of committing war crimes against ‘convict porters’ used in frontline conditions A joint report by the New York based Human Rights Watch and the Thai Burma border based Karen Human Rights Group – “Dead Me... Read more ►

Deadly ambush kills Burma army officers

July 8, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Karen National Liberation Army sources confirmed their fighters killed two Burma army soldiers and wounded four others in an ambush on the Kler Day road, Karen State on 2 July. The sources said the dead included a Burma army battalion commander Major Eh Hser Hser, office ma... Read more ►

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 ►

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