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Karen Armed Groups to Form United ‘Kawthoolei Armed Forces,’ but Questions Remain

October 16, 2014  • 

A statement released by members of the different Karen armed groups laid out plans for the major Karen armed organisations to form a united Karen force, the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). The statement spoke on behalf of the four major Karen armed organisations, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the Karen National Defence Organisation (KND... Read more ►

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Environmental Alliance Claim Burma Army Offensive in Karen State Linked to Salween Dam Plans

October 13, 2014  • 

An environmental coalition of civil society groups group has issued a statement claiming that recent armed conflict in Karen State is linked to the Burma government’s plans to dam the Salween River. Salween Watch said it was “gravely concerned at the recent escalation of fighting and displacement in Karen state, Burma/Myanmar, which is linked t... Read more ►

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Unknown Armed Group Kills Four And Wounds Nine Civilians

October 12, 2014  • 

An artillery shell killed four and wounded nine civilians travelling on the Myawaddy – Kawkareik road – a major trading route from Thailand. An unidentified armed group is believed to have fired the shell that landed in front of a shop at Ale Bo Tae on Saturday, October 11. A police officer in Kawkareik Township, who asked to remain anonymous, ... Read more ►

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DKBA and Burma Army Fighting spreads Throughout Karen State

October 10, 2014  • 

Fighting occurred between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and Burma Army on October 10, forcing Karen villagers to flee. The latest armed clashes broke out at around 10am between the DKBA and the government’s army at Kaung Mu village in Kawkareik Township. Sources from the DKBA’s liaison office in Kawkareik said that the fighting lasted ab... Read more ►

BCMF patients getting on a van at Mae Sot to leave for Chiang Mai (photo - BCMF)

The Young Refugee Who Won’t Give up Hope

October 3, 2014  • 

Aung Naing was six years old when he moved to Nu Poe refugee camp in Thailand, leaving conflict-wracked Karen State, in Eastern Burma. Sitting down in the small compound on the outskirts of Chiang Mai that has been his home for the last 15 months, Aung Naing recalls those first years in the camp. “My mother and father had gone to Nu Poe camp in 1... Read more ►

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Karen Soldier Killed in Latest Fighting, KNU Claims Government Troops Attacked First

September 30, 2014  • 

A soldier has been killed during fighting between the Karen National Defense Organisation (that operates under the control of the Karen National Union) and the Burma Army. The fighting took place on September 27 near Mu The’ village in Kyaukgyi Township, Pago division, where the Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion #361 was patrolling areas under ... Read more ►

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Broad-based Community Involvement Is Central to Success of the Karen Political Movement and Struggle

September 20, 2014  • 

In the wake of the Karen National Union’s sudden walk out from the United Nationalities Federal Council’s conference and its subsequent temporary suspension of its membership in the ethnic alliance in late August, Karen communities and Karen civil society organizations were left baffled, confused, shocked, and enraged. They were left wondering ... Read more ►

A medic assists in an emergency delivery at an IDP camp in Kachin State (Photo: KWAT)

Medics Struggling to Cope with Numbers of Displaced in Kachin Conflict

September 15, 2014  • 

Medics working with civilians displaced by fighting in Kachin State are struggling to cope because of a lack of resources – community based organizations warn of a potential health crisis. Information provided to Karen News by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, allege that health workers are struggling to cope with the thousands of pe... Read more ►

Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, KNU's General Secretary speaking at Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team Members' Summit July 2014 (Photo-KNU)

KNU’s Decision to Suspend Itself from UNFC Proves Divisive

September 15, 2014  • 

The decision by the leadership of the Karen National Union to suspend membership from the United Nationalities Federal Council in August has been met with both criticism and praise, with one analyst stating the move was the “right decision to make,” while some Karen community leaders have argued it weakens the ethnic groups’ push for peace an... Read more ►

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Karen Community Organizations Claim Japanese Development Plan in Burma Could ‘Fuel Conflict’, ‘Ignores Local Voices’

September 12, 2014  • 

More than 30 ethnic Karen community based organizations, including environmental watchdogs and civil society organizations, have criticized a blueprint for economic development in Southeast Burma published by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid agency that operates under the Japanese government. The report, published on 9 Sept... Read more ►