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Burma Army Attacks, Displaces 300 Karen Villagers as Suu Kyi Tours Karen State

Fighting between Burma Army and Karen soldiers in northern Karen State forced hundreds of villagers from their home into jungle hideouts while the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is touring Karen State. Ceasefire violations by Burma Army had caused tensions with Karen National Liberation Army soldiers in its 5th Brigade area in Mutraw [Papun] district in the northern Karen…

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Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement: Burma Army Attacks on Karen Villagers, Displacing 340 Villagers – Clear Violation of NCA

The frontline humanitarian organization, Free Burma Rangers have reported that the Burma Army is continuing to attack civilians and reinforce its troops in Karen State. The Free Burma Rangers said the “Burma Army’s continued occupation, troop reinforcement and aggressive actions against civilians, in clear violation of the National Ceasefire Agreement, is preventing displaced villagers still in hiding from receiving aid.”…

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IDPs Run Out of Food in Myaing Gyi Ngu

Over 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myaing Gyi Ngu in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State have run out of food since July 6 and they are in immediate need of rice and other food supplies, officials from the IDP camp said. Saw Tun, an official in-charge of food supply at Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP camp, said the IDPs consume 21…

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Gov’t Urged to Address Root Causes Before Closing Down IDP Camps

The Ei Tu Hta IDP Supporting Committee issued a statement on June 25 to urge the government to address the root causes of displacement before closing down internally displaced person (IDP) camps. The committee’s spokesperson Padoh Mahn Mahn Mahn said concerns have been raised after the Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye talked about…

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Myaing Gyi Ngu IDPs in Need for Shelter Materials to Repair Housing before the Monsoon

Myaing Gyi Ngu Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State needs aids to repair roofs in early monsoon season. Although Myaing Gyi Ngu Sayadaw has donated roofing-leaves to repair the roofs in the IDP camps, which house over 5,000 IDPs, some houses did not receive enough leaves to repair the roofs before the monsoon starts, according to…

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Families Displaced by Burma Army Offensive Sent Back by Refugee Authorities – UNHCR Remains Silent

Displaced families, fleeing the fighting in northern Karen State, crossed into Thailand to find safety, but were turned away by camp authorities at the Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp last week. The three families, consisting of 16 people were from the Papun area of Northern Karen State were forced to go after authorities refused to approve their pleas to…

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Union Gov’t provides over Ks 120 million to Myaing Gyi Ngu IDPs

The Union Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement has provided Ks 126.9 million to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are taking refuge in Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP camp in the Karen State’s Hlaingbwe Township. During the ceremony held at Zwekabin Hall in Hpa-an on March 19, the Department of Social Welfare’s director-general Dr. Daw San San Aye said the…

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Hpapun Displaced Residents Pray for Peace, Demand Withdrawal of Tatmadaw Troops

Local residents who have fled from the recent fighting in the Karen National Union’s Mu Traw [Hpapun] District held a prayer service for peace at Ler Kho Village of Ler Mu Plaw Village-tract in Lu Thaw Township on March 19 and called on the Tatmadaw to withdraw its troops. Around 1,000 residents from over 20 villages in Ler Mu Plaw,…

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Karen Community Groups Accused Burma Army of Violating NCA and Displacing Villagers

A coalition of Karen community groups accused the Burma army soldiers of breaking the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and displacing thousands of villagers in Northern Karen State. The Karen Peace Support Network, a network of 29 Karen community-based-organizations issued a statement on March 9, alleging the Burma Army violated the National Ceasefire Agreement. The Karen Peace Support Network said the Burma…

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In Thai Border Camps, Funding Cuts Leave Refugees in Limbo

Refugees from Burma are finding it difficult to stay, difficult to go home. In Thailand, funding cuts to refugee camps have left over 100,000 displaced people from Burma to choose between trying to survive in deteriorating conditions and returning to a country not ready to receive them. The refugees are spread throughout 9 camps perched on Thailand’s southwest border with…

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