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Heavy flooding destroys 9,500 acres of rice in eastern Burma

August 16, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Record monsoon rains in eastern Burma destroyed thousands of acres of rice cultivated by villagers and there are no sign the rains are likely to ease any time soon. Farmers hit hard by the heavy rains confirmed to Karen News that a total of 9,500 acres of farms in Kawkareik ... Read more ►

Karen National Union marks 62nd Martyrs’ Day

August 12, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The President of the Karen National Union (KNU) Saw Tamla Baw, marked the 62nd anniversary of Martyrs’ Day with a speech to fellow KNU leaders, members and the wider ethnic Karen community, today Sunday, August 12th. In the speech Saw Tamla Baw commemorated the lives of Ka... Read more ►

The Best Tribute to Our Karen Martyrs is to Live Their Dream

August 11, 2012  •  Author: *Naw Myra Dahgaypaw

August 12th will be the 62nd Karen Martyrs Day. It marks the 62nd anniversary of the killing of Saw Ba U Gyi and his colleagues. Every year since then Karen people remember those brave heroes, and all the others who have given their lives for our struggle. For Karen people t... Read more ►

Burma Army’s ‘shoot on sight’ order still in use

August 10, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) raised their concerns to the United Nations Special Human Rights Rapporteur, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana that now is not the time to repatriate Karen refugees back to Burma. KHRG told Mr Quintana that the Burma’s military still has a “sho... Read more ►

KNLA and government’s militia fight – four soldiers killed

August 7, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army and the government’s Border Guard Force resulted in four BGF being killed two KNLA soldiers wounded. The firefight between the government’s militia and the Karen army broke out on August 5, in Mae Seik village, Papun To... Read more ►

Ethnic Council rejects flawed 2008 constitution and government ‘reforms’

August 6, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) leadership has stated that they will not consider proposals to form political parties or accept Burma’s flawed 2008 constitution while the parliament is dominated by military figures. Mutual mistrust is rife between Burma’s... Read more ►

KNU and Government to hammer out ceasefire ‘code of conduct’ detail

August 5, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

The Burmese government and the Karen National Union (KNU) will meet on 27 August in Hpa-an to discuss a newly drafted ‘ceasefire code of conduct’ that has been prepared by the Karen National Union. Meeting today in the Burma border town of Myawaddy, both sides agreed to ... Read more ►

I will become a medic for my village…

August 4, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

After she finishes her study, Naw Hsa K’Mwee Paw wants to become a medic to help her village. To achieve her dream Naw Hsa K’Mwee Paw has had to pay a high price. Naw Hsa K’Mwee Paw, now 18, has had to live hundreds of miles apart from her family since she was 13 so sh... Read more ►

Clinic’s workload doubles as funding shrinks

July 19, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Htee (KIC)

According to Mae Tao Clinic medical staff, seasonal illness amongst children on the Thailand-Burma border coming to the clinic for help has more than doubled since last month. Naw May Soe, the child health coordinator at the Mae Tao Clinic said that in June, 40 children ca... Read more ►

Burma peace funds must do no harm

July 17, 2012  •  Author: Paul Sein Twa

In the past few months, various media reports have quoted some concerns and opinions of KESAN regarding the ongoing peace process in Burma. This statement clarifies and expands upon these issues. Our perspective on the peace process and peace funds Sustainable peace is the... Read more ►

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