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Ethnic Health Workers Complete Approved Government and Karen Health Training

August 11, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Ethnic health workers have been awarded government recognized certificates after a joint training held by government and Karen health departments in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. The 31 trainees who completed the seven-month maternal child and reproductive health course p... Read more ►

Mae Sot’s Karen Migrant Community Keep Karen Wrist Tying Alive

August 10, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Hundreds of the Karen migrant community gathered on August 6 in the Thai border town of Mae Sot to celebrate the traditional wrist-tying ceremony at a local monastery. “The tradition of tying white cotton thread around wrists has been passed down through generations and it... Read more ►

Burma Army Ignores UN and NCA Conventions, Targets and Arrests Shan Civilians

August 9, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Shan Human Rights Foundation alleged that recent Burma Army offensives have targeted civilians that resulted in disappearances, arrests and human rights abuses, including torture. The Shan Human Rights Foundation said the targeting of villagers followed a clash between B... Read more ►

Activists Warn Karen State Villagers Against Coal

August 9, 2017  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

A new network of activists and civil society groups has been warning Karen State residents of the dangers of coal through environmental awareness trainings held from July 20 to August 5. The Karen State government greenlit a 1280-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Hpa-An tow... Read more ►

Karen Wrist tying Ceremony Celebrated in Kawkareik Township

August 9, 2017  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

Around 2,000 people participated in a traditional Karen wrist tying ceremony in Kawkareik township on August 7. “This white thread tying ceremony [wrist tying ceremony] is as much a part of the Karen national character as our language, literature, customs and culture. We a... Read more ►

KNU Talks Post-ceasefire Peace Process with KNPP

August 9, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

Amid efforts to entice more ethnic armed groups into the fold of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, the Karen National Union shared its peace process experiences with the Karenni National Progressive Party at a meeting in Thailand last week. The KNU is one of the eight init... Read more ►

Education Activist U Naing Naing Tun Passes Away

August 9, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

Education reform activist and champion of migrant education U Naing Naing Tun passed away on August 2 in Thailand, according to his colleagues. He suffered a heart attack and died in the Mae Sot Hospital. He was 47. “His death is a big loss. I’m very saddened,” said Ma... Read more ►

Karen State Health Department Tone Down H1N1 Flu Warnings, But Raise Alarm On Dengue Fever

August 4, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

As more cases of influenza (H1N1) are confirmed in several different locations in Burma including the former capital, Rangoon, Karen State Health Department officials have informed residents not to be overly frightened by the deadly flu. Doctor Kyaw Swar Myint, the Deputy Ch... Read more ►

KTWG Training Boosts Parents Role in their Children’s Education

August 3, 2017  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG) ran a short training for parents of schoolchildren in its effort to raise awareness to get them involved in their children’s education. On the 31st of July, two teachers from the KTWG’s Mobile Teacher Training provided a short t... Read more ►

KNU and Local Aid Workers Urge for Continue Support for IDP Camp

August 2, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

Local Karen National Union officials and aid workers are trying to drum up last-minute support for a shelter of internally displaced persons, before it runs out of funding in September. Over 70 representatives from 10 border-based Karen State civil society groups attended a ... Read more ►

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