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 ►

Italian NGO to work only in KNU controlled areas in Karen State

November 19, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The spokesperson of an Italian non-government organization, Popolis, which has been working in Karen State since 2001, said it would only operate in areas under the control of the Karen National Union. In a statement to Karen News, Popili’s spokesperson (who requested that... Read more ►

Bulldozers without responsibility

November 16, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Villagers in Myawaddy Township, Dooplaya District, Karen State, have mixed feelings about road building taking place in their area. Villagers say responsible development that brings benefits to all the people is welcome, but they worry that there is a lack of consultation or... Read more ►

Burma Army’s road repairs raise many questions

November 14, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The end of the monsoon season has seen the Burma Army repairing supply roads to their bases in Karen State. This has caused Karen army officers to question the strategy behind the rebuilding of the supply roads when the government is supposed to be withdrawing its troops fro... Read more ►

Hpa-an Town’s lights back on

October 29, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Hpa-an householders and students are finally out of the dark after four days without electricity. Hpa-an Town residents were without electricity for four days from the 21st to the 25th of October. Students had to use candlelight during their preparation for their first semes... Read more ►

Larkar villagers pay in full despite electricity blackouts

September 13, 2012  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

Villagers claim they are paying full amounts for a full electricity service they are not receiving. Residents from Larkar village claim that authorities require them to pay the full rate electricity bills even though the power is often cut-off. Larkar village is located on ... Read more ►

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