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BGF recruiting new soldier by picking votes

June 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army border guard force (BGF) in Myawaddy Township in Karen State has turned to a lottery system to recruit new soldiers after a call last month for new recruits went unheeded, according to an official from the Karen National Union (KNU). Saw Au... Read more ►

Economic oppression drives Karen to the ‘mountain’

June 13, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Economic necessity and ongoing oppression by military authorities in Karen State have driven many in the Karen community to seek employment in neighboring Thailand, providing some with the means to secure a better future for their families but also posing new challenges for ... Read more ►

Repatriation raises many questions and no answers

June 13, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

As talk persists about repatriation of Burmese refugees living along Thailand’s western border, a refugee leader said he sees no possibilty for the safe return of tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons in the immediate future. Saw Tun, leader of the Mae La ref... Read more ►

The Elephant and the Sesame Seed: Education still not a priority for Burmese government

June 10, 2011  •  Author: Ma Night Awa

A dire economy and grinding poverty in Karen State have left its education system in shambles and a generation of young people cut off from educational opportunities they are desperate to receive. Nan Moo Mu*, 16, from Mi Tan village in Kyain Seikgyi township, is one such st... Read more ►

Border Crisis: No relief in sight

June 10, 2011  •  Author: Blacktown

Teachers in central Karen state had to close their schools when they heard the Burma army were attacking villages in the area. Teacher, Saw Nway Oo, taught primary school at Kwee Ta Eu village until the soldiers fired heavy mortar and artillery shells into the village. “We... Read more ►

Karen youth urged to shoulder burden of cultural preservation

June 9, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The newly elected Burmese civilian government is desperate to appear to the outside world as a fledgling democracy intent on building a civil society. But ‘good-feel’ statements made by elected government ministers at a Karen training course did little to convinc... Read more ►

Cheated into Servitude: A Convict Porter’s Story

June 9, 2011  •  Author: Cha Mu

A former convict porter speaks to reporter Cha Mu about his arrest and imprisonment for drug use, and his subsequent conscription by the military as a porter in Karen State. My name is Tin Hlaing. I am a 35-year-old ethnic Burman. I’m single and have six siblings. On J... Read more ►

REPATRIATION: A Crime to Go Home

June 8, 2011  •  Author: Blacktown

Recent moves by the Thai government to send back refugees from Burma have spurred fears among the 140,000 estimated refugees living in camps along the Thai-Burma border. Thailand’s National Security Council secretary, General Tawin Pleansri, told local media recently that ... Read more ►

KNLA attack killed and wounded 13 Burmese soldiers

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

Karen National Liberation Army sources confirmed that clashes in May in the Walay area of Myawaddy Township between Karen fighters and the Burmese army had killed six Burmese soldiers and wounded seven others. Major General Saw Kyi Aung, commander of KNLA Battalion 201 who f... Read more ►

Villagers fear Salween Dam

June 8, 2011  •  Author: Cha Mu

In spite of the devastation and loss of life caused by recent earthquakes in northern Thailand and northeast Burma government officials are pushing ahead with its plans to dam the Salween River. The Thai government responded to the recent earth quake in northern Thailand by... Read more ►

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