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Hpa-an Passport Offices Hit with Application Frenzy

March 29, 2017  •  Author: K'Hsaw Wah

Hundreds of people have been swarming the passport issuing office in the Karen State capital on a daily basis, according to a police chief. He attributed the demand, which increased at the beginning of this year, to a lack of jobs in Myanmar as most of the passport applicant... Read more ►

Ei Tu Hta IDP Camp Need Emergency Medical Aid

March 24, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

Urgent medical attention is needed at the Ei Tu Hta displaced persons camp in Karen State amid an outbreak of diarrhea among children and the elderly, camp officials have said. The outbreak began on February 20 and has so far affected around 30 internally displaced persons (... Read more ►

IDPs fearful as food rations set to end

March 24, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

With donor-supplied food rations set to stop soon, internally displaced families in Karen State say they are worried about their future, yet have little recourse. Donors are expected to discontinue food aid at five camps in Karen and Shan states as of September in a move tha... Read more ►

KNU congress reflects on political achievements

March 24, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

In a recent evaluation, the Karen National Union deemed signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and being taken off the government’s unlawful organizations list as two of its biggest political achievements over the past four years. At the KNU’s [ongoing] 16th Co... Read more ►

WANTED! – Karen Leader with Political Smarts, Works for the People and Listens to the People…

March 20, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The 16th Congress of the Karen National Union (KNU) is underway. Karen News spoke to Karen leaders to get their opinions on the election for a new leadership that will come out during the Congress. Naw K’nyaw Paw, (Secretary, Karen Women Organization) “The Karen National... Read more ►

Karen IDPs ask KNU leadership to reject hydropower dams

March 20, 2017  •  Author: Karennews

As the Karen National Union prepares to elect a new leadership body this week, displaced Karen families joined a local environmental group in lobbying for the next chairperson to reject hydropower proposals. On March 14, International Day of Action for Rivers, Karen Rivers W... Read more ►

Mon bridge continues to spark local ire, ethnic tension

March 19, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

A bridge naming controversy in Mon State continues as ethnic Karen leaders weighed in this week, cautioning that the decision could have far-reaching repercussions on attempts to broker peace in ethnic areas. The bridge fracas began last month when the Mon State Government... Read more ►

Dam projects must be suspended until peace achieved, say environmental orgs

March 16, 2017  •  Author: Karennews

In downtown Mawlamyine Capital of Mon State, a crowd of 200 gathered on March 14 to stage a protest against hydropower projects in conflict zones. Marking the International Day of Action for Rivers, the demonstrators called for the government to reassess building large-scale... Read more ►

Nippon Foundation pledges support for peace, conflict-affected people

March 15, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

A Japanese nonprofit has unveiled the largest rehabilitation program to date in Karen State, with 1,250 homes built to resettle conflict-affected families. At the March 10 launch event in Lay Kay Kaw village – where 100 of the residential units have been completed – the ... Read more ►

318 Representatives and Observers Join KNU 16th Congress

March 14, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Representatives from the Karen National Union’s central level and from seven districts together with other observers made it to Lay Wah (also known as Law Khee Lar) in Pa-an district Karen State to attend the 16th Congress that started today, March 14, 2017. The KNU repres... Read more ►

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