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Villagers face fighting, malaria, hunger and displacement

August 17, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Recent fighting between a breakaway Border Guard Force faction and a group under the control of the Burma Army drove more than 130 villagers in Hlaingbwe Township region from their homes. The villagers are now seeking temporary safety along the Thai Burma border. The fightin... Read more ►

A Soldier’s Story: My escape from Hell

August 9, 2011  •  Author: Chamu

Forcibly recruited, Maung Lwin Soe served 10 years before he escaped from the Burma army. He tells Karen News reporter, Chamu, his story. In 2002, Maung Lwin Soe (not real name) from Bo Ga Lay town, in the Irrawaddy Delta visited his aunt who lived in Rangoon. When he arrive... Read more ►

Heavy floods battered refugee camps

August 9, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Residents of Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp in northern Thailand are bracing themselves against further flooding that has already swamped 400 houses, made 2,000 people homeless, destroyed 2,000 sacks of rice and hundreds of bags of other essential foodstuffs. Heavy monsoon ra... Read more ►

Hundreds of refugee homeless after camp floods

August 8, 2011  •  Author: Nan Thoolei

August heavy monsoon rains have been lashing the northern area along the Thai Burma border. The constant deluge broke the banks of Mae Sariang River in Mae Hong Song province after the constant pressure from the floodwaters. This had a devastating effect on Mae Ra Ma Luang ... Read more ►

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 ►

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