294 STORIES TAGGED ‘BURMA ARMY’

Burma army still using child soldiers

September 8, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

There may be a new government in Burma, but it is army is still using force recruiting children into its army according to a child soldier who recently deserted to the Karen National Union. Private Maung Ye Htet 17, no.T-438567 from Infantry Battalion 372 based at Maw Kee vi... Read more ►

Burma Army shell village, kill cattle

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Villagers from Kyauk Gu in Three Pagoda township said Burma Army soldiers randomly shelled their homes, destroying houses and killing cattle. Kyauk Gu residents say the Burma Army fired about 40, 60 mm mortars into the village after fighting between Karen armed groups and th... Read more ►

My father would be proud of Karen army unity

September 4, 2011  •  Author: Zoya Phan

I can’t remember how many times the Karen National Union and other ethnic political organisations have been dismissed as losing, or being on the verge of defeat. In February 1950 General Ne Win boasted to international media that victory over the Karen ‘insurgents’ wou... Read more ►

Villagers killed in Burma Army attack

August 31, 2011  •  Author: Nan Sunday Htoo Khin

Villagers who witnessed two civilians killed last week say Burma Army soldiers on a search and kill mission fired indiscriminately into a jungle hiding site killing the two civilians in Southern Burma, on August 21. A local Karen National Union source from Mergui-Tavoy Distr... Read more ►

BGF in chaos – another 80 join Karen army

August 23, 2011  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei

The Karen National Union issued a statement claiming more than 80 Border Guard Force soldiers had joined their forces in 1st and 7th Brigade in recent weeks. The BGF was a strategy used by the Burma government to unarm, reduce the number of soldiers in the armed ceasefire g... Read more ►

Little hope for immediate national ceasefire

August 21, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

In a rare statement read out on the national state-controlled television last week, Burma’s government urged ethnic groups engaged in armed conflict to contact regional governments to start the process for ceasefire talks. Saw Khar Su Nyar reports. Naing Han Tha, secretary... Read more ►

KNU deny State media accusations

August 21, 2011  •  Author: Saw Kyar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Karen National Union denied reports in Burma’s state controlled newspapers that claimed that on August 8 an attack by Karen fighters had wounded two children in Karen state. Major Saw Kler Doh, an office manager with the Karen National Liberation Army in Brigade 5, bas... Read more ►

A Soldier’s Story: My escape from Hell

August 9, 2011  •  Author: Chamu

Forcibly recruited, Maung Lwin Soe served 10 years before he escaped from the Burma army. He tells Karen News reporter, Chamu, his story. In 2002, Maung Lwin Soe (not real name) from Bo Ga Lay town, in the Irrawaddy Delta visited his aunt who lived in Rangoon. When he arrive... Read more ►

Villagers face famine

August 3, 2011  •  Author: Naw Chamu

Farmers in the Nyaungliebin District of Karen State say the combination of severe weather that destroyed most of their crops and an out-of-control Burma Army stealing their foodstocks and livestock means many people now face starvation. Chamu reports. Villagers in Mone Towns... Read more ►

Hundreds of Karen villagers forced to work at Burma Army camp

August 1, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Last week a researcher from the Karen Human Rights Group witnessed villagers in the Palu area been used as forced labor by the Burma Army. The KHRG eye-witness account comes on the back of other reports of forced labor occurring in other areas of Karen State in recent months... Read more ►

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