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Security Tightened in Myawaddy to Quell Public Fear

September 14, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Security has been beefed up along the Myanmar-Thai border in response to rumors and scaremongering on social media, according to a member of the Karen State Border Guard Force. “Public concerns are high due to propaganda and indoctrination. We are providing security to pre... Read more ►

Karen State CSOs Skeptical About Local Ceasefire Monitoring Body

September 14, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Civil society groups in Karen State last week discussed concerns that the official ceasefire monitoring body may restrict their peace-related activities. At a meeting held by the Kayin Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) and Belgium-based Nonviolent Peace Force in Hpa-an on S... Read more ►

Nineteen Auxiliary Midwives in Karen State Complete Training

September 10, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Nineteen new auxiliary midwives have completed their training and will bolster rural health teams in an aim to reduce maternal mortality in Karen State. The 19 trainees were presented certificates at an inaugural ceremony on September 6. These auxiliary midwives are the sixt... Read more ►

Vaccination Drive Limited by Uncooperative Parents at Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP camp

September 10, 2017  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Karen State health officials this week completed the third and final round of vaccines for children living at an internally displaced persons camp, but were unable to inoculate everyone due to uncooperative parents, health officials said. Around 400 children under five at th... Read more ►

IDP Camp Requests International Donors to Continue Providing Funds

September 9, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

An internally displaced persons camp in Karen State is making a last-ditch appeal for international donors to continue providing aid. All food assistance to the shelter for nearly 3,000 people is set to dry up at the end of this month. The support committee at the Ei Tu Hta ... Read more ►

Karen State Govt Plans Festival to Support Inter-communal Relations

September 6, 2017  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

The Karen State government is planning to hold a multi-ethnic cultural festival next year. On September 2, government officials held a coordination meeting at the state Hluttaw office. The Bamar, Mon and Pa’O ethnic affairs ministers, as well as officials from Karen, P... Read more ►

Census Data Explained at Town Hall Meeting in Hpa-an

September 6, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Two years after the 2014 census was conducted, government officials are just getting around to explaining the point of all those questions that members of the public were made to answer. On August 31 and September 1, officials from the Ministry of Immigration and Population ... Read more ►

Fighting in Mae Tha Waw Continues to Displace Villagers Making it a Daily Struggle to Feed the 6,000 Homeless

September 4, 2017  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Continued fighting between Karen armed groups are forcing more villages into all ready overcrowded displacement camps. Temporary shelters holding displaced villagers in Myaing Gyi Ngu have seen an increase in its population list due to the ongoing skirmishes in Mae Tha Waw a... Read more ►

International Human Rights Groups Call for independent Inquiry as Reports of Ethnic Cleansing Emerge as Thousands of Rohingya Flee Burma

September 4, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

United Nation sources estimates that as many as 30,000 Rohingya have fled Burma for Bangladesh. Media reports from Bangladesh put the numbers closer to 70,000. The Rohingya from Burma’s Rakhine state in the west of the country are estimated to be just over a million in tot... Read more ►

Thailand Requests Upgrading Three Pagodas Pass to an Official, Permanent Border Crossing

September 4, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

Thailand has asked Myanmar to upgrade a high traffic border checkpoint in Karen State that was closed in July due to flooding. They also requested the border be officially upgraded as a permanent trade crossing. The request was lodged on August 30 during the first meeting of... Read more ►

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