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Karen Women Demand More Positions in KNU Leadership and More Involvement in the Peace Process

March 8, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

As millions of women around the globe took to the streets or rallies to commemorate the 106th International Women’s Day, the Karen Women Organization rose to the occasion to demand that more women are involved in the Karen National Union leadership and that they take part ... Read more ►

Suicide Attempts Increase at Mae La Refugee Camp

March 8, 2017  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

The largest refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border experienced a rash of suicide cases last year, mainly among the youth population, according to a doctor and camp resident. In 2016, there were 57 suicide attempts at Mae La refugee camp, 23 of which resulted in death, accordi... Read more ►

Oversea Karen Representatives to Attend 16th Congress as Non-voting Observers

March 8, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union is gearing up for its 16th congress next week, with international representatives from 12 countries expected to attend the leadership-determining event. The congress, which was postponed from November last year, could have major repercussions for the... Read more ►

Monastery Roof Destroyed, Quality of Life Ruined, Residents Now Want a Stop to the Taungalay Mountain Quarry’s Daily Explosions

February 25, 2017  •  Author: Saw Kha Hsu Nyar

Local villagers living near the Taungalay Mountain quarry plants to stop the quarry as they claimed it has harmed their villages and environment. The Taungalay quarry plant is located between Upper Kawtyin village tract and Naung Kyan village tract in Hpa-an Township. Saw Za... Read more ►

Myaing Gyi Ngu Displaced People Face Food Shortages, Lack of Medicine, as Support and Donations Stop…

February 25, 2017  •  Author: Saw De Koh De/Karen News

Trucks delivering food assistance to the displaced people at the temporary camps in Myaing Gyi Ngu are now a rare sight. Camp warehouses are almost empty as the more than 3,000 displaced villagers from the Mae Tha Waw area are still unable to return to their homes. The fight... Read more ►

KWO to boost women’s role in all stages of the peace process

February 24, 2017  •  Author: Karennews

With the government’s gender quota in peace process events continuing to fall far short, the Karen Women Organization has announced plans to help bolster women’s participation at all levels of peace events. “All women who take part in township, district and central lev... Read more ►

Keeping the Language Alive – Pwo Karen Literacy Advocate Presented with the 2016 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award

February 15, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Sa Thu Hlaing Win, a Western Pwo Karen literacy advocate from the Irrawaddy delta region is the winner of the 2016 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award. Sa Thu Hlaing Win (also known as Sa Khant Thu Hlaing), was presented with the award at the 9th memorial service of Padoh Mahn... Read more ►

Padoh Mahn Sha Assassinated in 2008… His Words, His Legacy Survive

February 14, 2017  •  Author: Phil Thornton

In the weeks before he was murdered in February 2008, the Karen leader, Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, in an interview with Phil Thornton, spoke about the importance of unity and why the ethnic struggle would survive the opportunistic greed of those prepared to “sell out the Kar... Read more ►

Peace Process Survey Shows Increase Conflicts in Ethnic Areas after Peace Conference

February 9, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Conflicts have increased in ethnic areas after the new Burmese government held the Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong Conference) last August, claimed Nai Kasauk Mon, executive director of the Burma News International (BNI). He was speaking at the launching ceremo... Read more ►

Returning Displaced Mae Tha Wor Villager Loses Lower Leg in Landmine Explosion – Villagers Fear Mines Used by the BGF and DKBA Militias

February 3, 2017  •  Author: K'Hsaw Wah

A displaced villager from the Mae Tha Wor area of Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State stepped on a landmine as he and other villagers returned to their village to check their plantations on January 31. Saw Ophar Ngah, a villager from Htee Noh Hta village in Mae Tha Wor area had ... Read more ►

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