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I will become a medic for my village…

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 she could study in a…

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Clinic’s workload doubles as funding shrinks

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 came to their department seeking treatment, in the first two weeks of July staff…

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Burma peace funds must do no harm

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 long-term vision of Karen people. That vision incorporates rule of law, the protection of human rights,…

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President’s amnesty frees 24 political prisoners

Burma’s President, U Thein Sein, granted an amnesty on Tuesday that saw the release of 24 political prisoners out of a total of 80 prisoners who were freed. Ko Tate Naing, secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) based on the Thai-Burma, confirmed the release of political prisoners to Karen News. “According to our latest source list, there…

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Burma Minister checks into Dr Cynthia’s Mae Tao Clinic

The Burma government’s peace-talk delegation led by Railway Minister U Aung Min, today made an early morning visit to Dr Cynthia Maung’s Mae Tao Clinic in the border town of Mae Sot, Thailand. U Aung Min’s 6am visit followed-up on his yesterday meet with the Karen National Union and Dr. Cynthia Maung, the Minister said today’s visit was to get…

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Burma’s war in Kachin State leaves thousands stranded on border with China

A report released today in Bangkok by Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese authorities of forcing Kachin refugees back across the country’s border with Burma, amidst escalating conflict between Kachin armed forces and the Burma’s Army. Since open war erupted between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma’s military in June last year, a growing tide of ethnic Kachin have sought…

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Karen people’s forum demands all mega development projects be stopped

The Karen People’s Forum has demanded the Burma government and the Karen National Union suspend all mega development projects in Karen State during the current peace negotiation process. The Karen People’s Forum and villagers representating 23 villages based on the Salween River met in Papun Township on June 5 for two days to discuss how they could be involved in…

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Suu Kyi visit leaves a bad taste

Thousands of Burmese people living and working in the Thai border town of Mae Sot say they are bitterly disappointed they did not to get to see their hero Aung San Suu Kyi when she visited the area today. Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate was in the region to visit Mae La refugee camp, to meet ethnic leaders later…

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Suu Kyi at Mae La refugee camp

Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived at Mae La refugee camp, home to 45,000 refugees from Burma. Thousands of refugees have packed the muddy football field in the hope of seeing and hearing the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Refugees gathered in the camp’s football ground to hear Suu Kyi told Karen News. “Of course all us…

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Norway’s deputy FM to visit displaced Karen people

Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Torgeir Larsen, will lead a delegation to the Bago regional town of Kyauk Kyi to meet with internally displaced Karen people today. A number of local Karen National Union sources confirmed to Karen News that the visit will take place today. “They will leave from Yangon on Tuesday morning. The Myanmar government’s Immigration Minister,…

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