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BGF stealing and selling village farmland

October 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Htee Wah Keh villagers have accused the Burma Army’s militia, the Border Guard Force, of taking their farmlands and selling it to near-by villages in 200-acre blocks of land. Htee Wah Keh village is close to Kawkaraik Township, Karen State. The villagers claim that BGF... Read more ►

Generation Wave reaches four and still singing

October 14, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

The Burmese youth activist group, Generation Wave, on October 9, 2011 celebrated its fourth anniversary of the founding of the organization in Rangoon, Burma. Ko Zaya Thaw, a founding leader of the organization, who is also a singer and a politician, said the simple celebrat... Read more ►

MSF patients suffer from medical service withdrawal

October 11, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Community workers in Sanklaburi province of Thailand and the Three Pagodas Pass region of Burma claim Medecins Sans Frontieres patients undergoing medical treatment from the NGO will face difficulties now that the organization has withdrawn its services from Thailand. The Kw... Read more ►

Militia bomb village to avoid frontline duty

October 10, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

A Non-Government Organization and local residents working and living in the area around Namhsan Godawng village in Shan State blame an exploded bomb on a militia group aligned to the Burma Army. Sources close to the militia group said the bomb blast was an attempt by the loc... Read more ►

Burma Army using Karen villagers as ‘shields’

October 10, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Villagers in the Three Pagoda Pass region have accused government troops of using them as human shields against attacks from ethnic armed groups in Karen State. After suffering casualties in ambushes by Karen fighters, Burma army soldiers from Artillery Battalion and Light I... Read more ►

Environmental groups call on government to stop Salween River dams

October 10, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

A Burma environmental watchdog has called for the government to stop dam projects on the Salween River as they did to the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy River. Burma River Network, an environmental group monitoring Burma’s rivers says the Myitsone Dam will see the r... Read more ►

Floods hammer Karenni refugees

October 10, 2011  •  Author: KIC freelance reporter

The heavy rain that lashed northern Thailand during previous months and the ongoing monsoon has caused destruction to roads and bridges in Karenni refugees camp No.2 and refugees are now having difficulties to travel or accessing services within the camp. Heavy rains during ... Read more ►

Karen fighters kill 10 Burma Army soldiers

October 9, 2011  •  Author: Saw Poe Moo

Guerilla warfare waged by Karen fighters on the Burma Army near Kawkareik Township resulted in 10 dead and injured four soldiers from the Light Infantry Battalion 202 based on the main Myawaddy-Kawkareik road. The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army said its troops had on the aft... Read more ►

Government ‘KNU peace offers’ designed to split

October 2, 2011  •  Author: Saw Ehna

Burma’s ruling party is sending its members to Karen non-ceasefire areas in the southern part of the country bearing peace offers. The most recent case involved a member of parliament from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, Saw Ha Bee, an ethnic Karen, who ... Read more ►

BGF steal land and mine homes

October 2, 2011  •  Author: Naw Chamu

Villagers from Htee Law Thi accuse Border Guard Force soldiers of laying landmines around their homes and on footpaths. Saw Pa Dee, the villager headman, explained to Karen News that villagers are scared to leave their homes. “Villagers have already stepped on four landmi... Read more ►

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