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Little hope for immediate national ceasefire

August 21, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

In a rare statement read out on the national state-controlled television last week, Burma’s government urged ethnic groups engaged in armed conflict to contact regional governments to start the process for ceasefire talks. Saw Khar Su Nyar reports. Naing Han Tha, secretary... Read more ►

KNU deny State media accusations

August 21, 2011  •  Author: Saw Kyar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Karen National Union denied reports in Burma’s state controlled newspapers that claimed that on August 8 an attack by Karen fighters had wounded two children in Karen state. Major Saw Kler Doh, an office manager with the Karen National Liberation Army in Brigade 5, bas... Read more ►

Talk of Peace Marks 61st Karen Martyrs’ Day

August 17, 2011  •  Author: Eh Na

Karen people gathered in the US, UK, Norway, Sweden, Asia, Canada and Ireland and in jungle bases back in their homeland on 12th August, to commemorate their 61st Martyr’s Day. Saw Ehna reports from Karen State. In a jungle base in Southern Burma, 400 supporters from the K... Read more ►

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 ►

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