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Stalled Peace Talks Adds to Refugee Worries – Can’t Go Home, Aids Cuts, Shelter and Security at Risk – Karen Network Urge UK, EU and other Aid Donors to Resume Support

On World Refugee Day, 2019, the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) issued a statement calling on the European Union, United Kingdom and other donors to support refugees and IDPs in eastern Burma and Thailand. With the peace building process stalled and without any guaranteed political solutions, it is impossible for the refugees and displaced people to return to their original…

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Myanmar’s Karen Displaced in a Quagmire

Long-time refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border face cuts in rations but say they cannot return to areas where fighting is ongoing. International aid for refugees and displaced people in camps on the Thai-Myanmar border has been slashed since Myanmar’s first supposedly democratic government was elected four years ago. The assumption underpinning this cut in funding was that conditions are, or…

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Salween River Flood Damages Homes at Ei Tu Hta IDP Camp

Some homes have been inundated and some local residents were forced to flee to safe ground in Ei Tu Hta Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp due to sudden rise of the Salween River on September 5, the camp’s social affairs coordinator Saw Paul Leh Kar Li Lar Mu said to Karen News. Ei Tu Hta IDP camp is located besides…

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KCC to Campaign for Resumption of Aids to Border Area

The Karen Community of Canada (KCC) will conduct international campaigns to resume aids to the refugees in Thai-Burma border and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The KCC’s chair Slone Phan told Karen News on September 4 that the decision was made by delegates from respective cities who attended the KCC’s annual meeting in Edmonton of Alberita province in Canada on September…

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – Karen Community Groups Want Respect, Management Rights and Governance Over Ancestral Territories

Karen environmentalists demanded the Burma government “to respect and honor indigenous Karen peoples’ governance and management rights over their ancestral territories.” The Salween Peace Park Committee (SPPC) and Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) released a media statement to commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9, 2018, the 11th anniversary of the UN Declaration on…

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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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First We Bombed Them, Then We Fed Them…

An alliance of democracy activists and civil society organizations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region called for international diplomats to pressure the Burma government and its high ranking military generals to stop its offensives in the north of the country. The alliance of civil society, health and pro democracy groups released a media joint statement today demanding…

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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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Lay Kay Kaw New Town Suffers from Water Shortage

A new town established by the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Karen State government for displaced residents in Myawaddy District, Karen State is currently suffering from water shortage. Water is distributed to Lay Kay Kaw New Town (Myothit) through the pipelines from Taung Kone (locally known as Kyauk Gu), which is around three miles from the new town. The…

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