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Karen resistance fighter who served the KNLA for nearly seven decades passes away

General Saw Ka Sel Doh, a Karen resistance fighter who joined the Karen Nation Union’s armed wing in the first months of its existence in 1947, has passed away. Gen. Saw Ka Sel Doh, 92, died in Mae Sot Hospital, this morning, on July 31, after months of declining health and hospitalization on July 24, according to his grandson Saw…

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Karen Blame Burma Army’s Lack of Respect For Ceasefire Agreement For Latest Fighting

Fighting broke out between the Burma Army and Karen fighters in Papun Township, northern Karen State on February 24, over claims that the government soldiers had violated a ceasefire agreement. The dispute began when the Burma Army transported food rations to its frontline bases. Karen National Liberation Army officers in its 5th Brigade told Karen News that the Burma Army…

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56 Karen Revolutionaries Awarded KNU Gold Medals On 67th Karen Resistance Day

Karen freedom fighters who served in the revolution for 50 years were awarded gold medals on the 31 of January during the celebrations for the 67th anniversary of the Karen Resistance Day. Padoh Saw Hla Tun, in charge of the organizing and information department of the Karen National Union said that the gold medals ceremony was included in a special…

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*Karen Remember World War II Hero

Seventy years after World War II ended, withered and mostly impoverished veterans will gather at the graveside of a British officer who almost no one in England remembers. Maj. Hugh Paul Seagrim — or “Grandfather Longlegs” — remains a legend up in the hills of Myanmar, among a beleaguered ethnic minority for whom peace never came. Karen fought courageously behind…

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KNLA Chief Calls On All Karen To Unite and be Political Active

In the speech at the commemoration of the 65th Karen Martyrs’ Day, the head of the Karen National Liberation Army, General Johnny called for all Karen people in the country, on the border and overseas to unite and get involved in the current political struggle. General Johnny said that during the political struggle, inputs from all Karen people are important.…

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Karen To Merge Tollgates on Myawaddy-Kawkareik Asia Highway After Complaints

The Unity Committee for Karen armed groups held a special meeting to discuss the management of the tollgates on the Myawaddy-Kawkareik section of the Asia highway in Karen State. Currently the gates are run by different Karen armed groups that has caused difficulties for travelers and traders who need to use the road on a regular basis. The meeting took…

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Karen Soldiers and Gov’t Militia Fight – One Killed and Two Wounded

Fighting in Mywaddy Township between troops from the Karen National Liberation Army and government militia’s Border Guard Force on Saturday, February 28 left one KNLA dead, one wounded and one BGF soldier injured. The fighting was between soldiers from the KNLA 6th Brigade Headquarter, Special Column and the BGF soldiers from its Battalion 1022. The fighting broke out at 6:13pm…

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Australian MP Acknowledges Karen’s Revolution Is Just

An Australia’s Member of Parliament Mr. Luke Simpkins attended the 66th anniversary of the Karen Revolution Day in Karen State on January 31st said he recognised the Karen people’s fight for justice. Mr Simpkins said ,“I support all the ethnic people including the Karen because they are fighting to bring a genuine justice to Burma.” Mr Simpkins said that he…

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Karen Armed Groups to Form United ‘Kawthoolei Armed Forces,’ but Questions Remain

A statement released by members of the different Karen armed groups laid out plans for the major Karen armed organisations to form a united Karen force, the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). The statement spoke on behalf of the four major Karen armed organisations, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the Karen National Defence Organisation (KNDO), the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army…

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KNU Gen. Baw Kyaw Heh Exposes How Ceasefire Agenda has Shifted to Business

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and is its second highest commander explained his concerns about the current peace building process with the government and why he thinks the recent ceasefire focus is now on business and not on peace. Gen Baw Kyaw…

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