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National ID Scheme Met With Confusion, Indifference, Fear

February 4, 2014  •  Author: Saw Lindsay and Saw Mort

Burma’s National ID Cards grant relative freedom of travel, allow voting in national elections, access to official schools. Denied for decades basic government services, villagers in Karen State view Burma’s National ID Card scheme with a mix of confusion, indifference, ... Read more ►

Fire reported at Umpiem Refugee Camp

February 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An aid worker has confirmed to Karen News that a fire broke out at Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp, Tak Province, today, burning 11 houses. A further 28 houses had their roofing removed to stop the fire from spreading. The aid worker said no one was injured. “The fire happened to... Read more ►

Naw K’nyaw Paw Wins P’doh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award

February 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Naw K’nyaw Paw Nimrod, General Secretary of the Karen Women Organization (KWO) has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award, on 31st January 2014, Karen Revolution Day. The award ceremony was held on the evening of the Karen 65th Revolu... Read more ►

KNU Leader Calls For The End Of Civil War – Demands Equality

January 30, 2014  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

General Mutu Say Poe, chairperson of the Karen National Union (KNU) in a speech addressed to all Karen people to mark the 65th Karen Revolution Day, called for a peaceful solution to the civil war that it has fought for the last six decades. Thousands of Karen people made th... Read more ►

Burma Army ‘Raped Over 100 Women’ Since 2010

January 15, 2014  •  Author: Henry Zwartz and Nan Htoo San

More than 100 women and girls have been raped by Burma’s military since 2010, according to a report released by the Women’s League of Burma. The Thailand-based Women’s Leaugue of Burma (WLB) said in a report released today that 47 of the cases documented were ... Read more ►

Karen Discuss National Census

January 14, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

Karen representatives from across Burma held a two-day forum from January 9 to 10, in Hpa-An, Karen State, with the objective of “forming a united position of all the Karen nationals of Burma, acquiring true Karen population figures and using the correct names of Karen sub... Read more ►

Karen Communities Work For Kids To Have A Decent Education

January 13, 2014  •  Author: Henry Zwartz and Nan Htoo San

The sound of children singing resounds from Klay Poe Klo School in Karen State, Burma. Naw Htoo La Paw smiles as the song finishes, her youngest child held in one arm. Kids bustle out of the classroom – a single, open room with wooden benches – heading for lunch. Htoo La... Read more ►

KWO – Refugees Hit Hard by Funding Cuts

January 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Naw K‘nyaw Paw, the secretary of the Karen Womens Organisation’s told Karen News that reduced funding by the international community for refugees on the Thai Burma border is causing hardship. “Reduction of funding to the nine refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border h... Read more ►

Thailand’s Most Wanted – General Saw Lah Pwe Now in Hospital

December 29, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The leader of the Karen militia that attacked the Burma Army in Myawaddy in late 2010 and in the resulting firefight forcing thousands of refugees into Thailand has been admitted to a Rangoon hospital for treatment of what is feared maybe cancer. Major General Saw Lah Pwe, a... Read more ►

Water Tests Prove Village Water Has High Levels Of Arsenic and Lead

December 23, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Environmental researchers have found village water sources close to a tin mining operation in Southern Burma have dangerous levels of lead and arsenic. Independent community-based researchers from Kamoethway, east of Dawei Town, working with an environmentalist expert from ... Read more ►

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