Despite losing his legs Saw LahKyi soldiers on

March 28, 2013  •  Author: Saw Mort

Karen News photojournalist Saw Mort spent time with landmine casualty Saw LahKyi, a Karen National Liberation Army soldier, who lost both legs when he stepped on a mine in 2009. The Royal Thai Army estimates that the Thai Burma border is the region’s most heavily land... Read more ►

Karen farmers hope Govt’s land offer bears fruit

March 26, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Farmers in Karen State have been told to apply for land concession of their farmland that were either confiscated or were sold off by officials in the previous military government before the 2010 national election. From February this year farmers can now apply to village adm... Read more ►

Hpa-an industrial zones land prices triple

March 14, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Land prices in the Hpa-an industrial zone have skyrocketed since it was set up in 2011. Today the price has tripled. The industrial zone located along the Hpa-an to Hlaing Bwe Highway has also cause land prices in the nearby villages of Mae Baung, Taung Ka Lay and Htee Poe K... Read more ►

Villagers lose land to gold mining companies

March 8, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Villagers in the Kwingalay claim gold mining companies have taken over lands that they used for cultivation. Villagers allege that a Burmese, Thai and Chinese company based in Rangoon is overseeing contract gold mining projects in Karen National Union controlled areas, near ... Read more ►

Authorities torch Myawaddy illegal gambling casino

March 8, 2013  •  Author: S’ Phan Shaung (KIC)

District police and officials arrested people working at a gambling facility in Myawaddy, Karen State, and then burnt the casino. The raid took place last weekend. The illegal casino was located in Section 4, near the Vow pagoda, was ordered to be destroyed by the Myawaddy D... Read more ►

Villagers start quarrying in Pa-an

March 6, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Karen villagers in the Pa-an Township area have managed to carve out a niche for themselves while stopping large construction companies from monopolizing the local quarrying business. According to villagers in the area since the government allowed residents to work the quarr... Read more ►

KNU’s tells Govt – it’s too early for development

February 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Since last years signed cease-fire agreement between the government and the Karen National Union, the Burma border town of Myawaddy has been awash with government officials, leaders of various armed groups and business people. The most recent high-level delegations to visit ... Read more ►

Peace Monk released from hospital following Pa-an car crash

February 6, 2013  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Ashin Pinnya Thami, the renowned monk from Taunggalay Monastery, was injured and hospitalized following a car accident on his way from Pa-an to Rangoon on January 29. Following treatment for an eye injury the Abbott was released from Taunggalay Army Hospital. Ashin Pinnya Th... Read more ►

Mining companies get State Govt’s go-ahead to dig and survey

January 22, 2013  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Mya Kan Thar Mining Company received permission from the State government to mine for antinomy in the Lay Thar Plaw area in Kyain Seikgyi Township in Karen State. U Myo Aung Htay, secretary of the Karen State Administration Office signed, on behalf of the State Minister, a l... Read more ►

Activists: “poverty gap expanding in rural communities…”

December 26, 2012  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

Ko Nay Myo Zin, who works to help farmers and rural villagers’ fight for the loss of their farmlands and for their rights, spoke publically in Karen State about the poor living conditions that ethnic people are having to endure. Ko Nay Myo Zin who is a former Burma Army of... Read more ►

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