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Shan refugees face repatriation to conflict zones inside Burma

A coalition of Shan community groups have voiced concern about the repatriation of over 500 refugees from a camp on the northern Thai border into an area of conflict. On August 27th, the Norwegian Refugee Council, part of the Norwegian-led “Myanmar Peace Support Initiative,” began house-to-house surveys of refugees in Koung Jor camp, northern Chiang Mai province, asking about their…

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Norwegian NGO and Burma’s immigration ministry pilot citizen ID program in Karen State

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population (MOIP) in Hpa-An, Karen State along with the Norwegian Refugee council (NRC), has jointly launched a new program aiming to speed-up the distribution of Citizen Scrutiny Cards (CSC’s) to populations in remote areas of Burma. “The joint collaboration features a free of charge, one-stop service through mobile teams that visit remote villages, bringing with…

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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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For Naw Bleh Hsi, 9, housework, cooking and child-minding is a daily chore

In a small bamboo hut located at the bottom of a mountain in the Dawna Ranges, that rises in Eastern Burma, a small girl is busy putting firewood in a stove made out of three stones. The girl is, Naw Bleh Hsi, fills the water in a smoke blackened pot and sits it on top of the three-stone-stove to boil.…

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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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Displaced Karen people request aid from Norway’s deputy FM

Internally displaced Karen people from the Kyauk Kyi area, requested Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Torgeir Larsen to help them get food and the freedom to earn their living. Torgeir Larsen, Immigration Minister, Khin Yee and the Karen National Union’s, Colonel U Htoo Htoo Lay met with representatives of the displaced people for two hours at the KNU liaison…

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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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70,000 Kachin refugees in desperate need

Humanitarian groups say displaced refugees living in temporary camps in Kachin State are in desperate need for better shelter as the monsoon season nears. Fighting between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independent Army continues forcing more villagers into camps and increasing demands on the limited resources available. Moon Nay Li, a coordinator with the Kachin Women’s Association explained that…

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Korean group donate to Karen village primary school

A Korea Christian group made the long journey from their homeland to to Kyay Poe Kee village, Hlaingbwe Township in Karen State tearlier this month to make a donation to the at school. Post Views: 11

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Returning home still a dream

In November 2010, Hsa Bluh Paw and her family were forced from their home after Burma Army soldiers and a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army started fighting. Despite the Burma government’s talk of reform and signing ceasefire with ethnic political organizations the Burma Army has continued to wage war in ethnic states. Hsa Bluh Paw and her…

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