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Thai and Burma joint mining operation dirties village water

September 5, 2011  •  Author: Saw Ehna

Villagers in the east of Tavoy, southern Burma claim authorities have ignored their complaints against a Thai company and a Burma government joint venture mining operation that has been polluting their drinking water for a decade. A local villager from the affected area (wh... Read more ►

BGF order 9 villages to relocate to Myaing Gyi Ngu

September 4, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Mying (KIC)

The Border Guard Force based in Myaing Gyi Ngu area has ordered nine villages in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State to relocate to Myaing Gyi Ngu in mid-August, according sources in the area. Captain Pha Nwee and Saw Htun Hlaing, BGF advisory board members, issued the orders to... Read more ►

Villagers killed in Burma Army attack

August 31, 2011  •  Author: Nan Sunday Htoo Khin

Villagers who witnessed two civilians killed last week say Burma Army soldiers on a search and kill mission fired indiscriminately into a jungle hiding site killing the two civilians in Southern Burma, on August 21. A local Karen National Union source from Mergui-Tavoy Distr... Read more ►

Karen Martyrs’ — R.I.P

August 28, 2011  •  Author: Khaung Hsu Lite

“I was asked to speak at the 61st Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration ceremony. Karen people came together to pay homage to their men, women and in some cases children, who had given their lives for their people. Emotions were high. Nearly all Karen people have lost som... Read more ►

Back to school for refugee camp students

August 27, 2011  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The heavy monsoon rains hammered the north of Thailand in early and middle August, breaking the banks of the Mae Sariang River in Mae Hong Song province and flooding two refugee camps and nearby villages. The floodwaters destroyed 400 houses in the camps, made 2,000 people h... Read more ►

Dawei: Development or Destruction

August 24, 2011  •  Author: Eh Na and H.V. Karen

Burmese and Thai researchers speaking at a conference last week in Bangkok fear that the Dawei Special Industrial Zone planned for southern Burma will have severe negative impacts on thousands of local people as well as the environmental. The 4th International Conference o... Read more ►

BGF in chaos – another 80 join Karen army

August 23, 2011  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei

The Karen National Union issued a statement claiming more than 80 Border Guard Force soldiers had joined their forces in 1st and 7th Brigade in recent weeks. The BGF was a strategy used by the Burma government to unarm, reduce the number of soldiers in the armed ceasefire g... Read more ►

Record floods destroy 1,000 acres of Pago farmland

August 23, 2011  •  Author: Karen News Reporters

Farmers in Pago (Pegu) area have lost their farmlands to floods caused by heavy rain that has devastated the area since mid July. It is estimated that over a thousand acres of farmlands affected by the floodwaters are unable to be worked on. The heavy rain caused the Pago Ri... Read more ►

UN encouraged by talks between Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein

August 23, 2011  •  Author: Karen News Reporters

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a press statement released yesterday said he was encouraged by a meeting on 19 August between President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the banned national League for Democracy. The meeting between the Ms Suu Kyi and... Read more ►

Signs Friendship Bridge will re-open

August 23, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Rumors are circulating that the trade crossing between Mae Sot on the Thai side and Myawaddy on the Burma side is about to officially open after 13 months of closure. Myawaddy residents are convinced the Friendship Bridge linking the two countries will reopen in a matter of ... Read more ►

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