Villagers live in hope dam company delivers on promises

July 26, 2012  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Asian World Company, the biggest infrastructure and construction company in Burma says it will re-house a hundred families relocated from Htone Bo village, because of the construction of a hydro-power dam project on the Palet River. Htone Bo village is located 14 miles from... Read more ►

Schools out for Taw Eh Ah

July 23, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

It is early morning in Wa Su Ko village. It is quiet. Mist from the monsoon rains necklace the surrounding mountains. The small village is located east of the Burma town of Tavoy. A small boy dressed in a big, dirty white shirt and yellow shorts is carrying a traditional Ka... Read more ►

KNU liaison office link to Burma’s MI scares villagers

July 13, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Karen villagers are being scared off from using the newly opened Karen National Union (KNU) liaison office in Tavoy town in Southern Burma, as they fear their personal data is recorded and then given to Burmese military intelligence. Saw David, a Karen from Tavoy Town spoke ... Read more ►

Thandaung villagers under fire despite ceasefire

July 6, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Hsu Nyar (KIC)

Despite a ceasefire agreement being in place between Karen soldiers and the Burma Army, fighting broke out in Thandaung Township, Karen State on 27th June. The Karen National Union accuse the Burma Army’s Infantry Battalion 1, under the command of Division 66, for viol... Read more ►

I am Tabluklee – the cowboy…

June 30, 2012  •  Author: Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

A small Karen boy leads two large brown bulls in search of a much-needed feed of grass. The summer sun has baked the ground hard and dried the grass brittle. The boy is wedged between the huge animals his small frame dwarfed by their bulk. The boy, Saw Tabluklee, blinks aga... Read more ►

United villagers are 100 times better off than those who go it alone

June 15, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Italian-Thai Development Company has made a second compensation payment to Karen villagers affected by the Dawei-Kanchanaburi road construction in eastern Tavoy Town. On June 8, the Italian-Thai Development Company and its partner, Max Myanmar, paid 15,582,240 Thai baht ... Read more ►

Karen people’s forum demands all mega development projects be stopped

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

The Karen People’s Forum has demanded the Burma government and the Karen National Union suspend all mega development projects in Karen State during the current peace negotiation process. The Karen People’s Forum and villagers representating 23 villages based on t... Read more ►

Villagers in Eastern Burma fear landmines

May 26, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The ongoing use of landmines by the Burma Army and armed groups in Eastern Burma continues to threaten civilians according to a report released this week by the Karen Human Rights Group. The KHRG report – ‘Uncertain Ground’ – documents the period betw... Read more ►

Burma Army shuts down taxation checkpoints

April 30, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Burma government has ordered checkpoints staffed by soldiers from the Burma Army and rogue elements from the Karen National Liberation Army to be closed down. Villagers in the area told Karen News that the checkpoints at Bawti, Iwai, Wartaw and Sin Phyu Tai were extortin... Read more ►

So far so good – villagers agree ceasefire has brought freedom of movement

April 29, 2012  •  Author: By Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

According to a Karen National Union source, villagers in Kyauk Kyi Township in the Bago Region have more freedom to travel since the preliminary ceasefire agreement between Karen National Union and government. Padoh Saw Ner Htoo Byaing, KNU chairman in Kyauk Kyi Township tol... Read more ►

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