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Karen Revolution at a Crossroad – Time for Renewal

2019 marks an important year for Karen armed struggle for self-autonomy in many ways. On January 31st, we will celebrate 70th anniversary of the Karen Revolution Day, a day when Karen people first launched their armed movement against the government of Burma in 1949 for an autonomous state. This year celebration also marks an important moment in the unity of…

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Karen Armed Groups Joins 70th Revolution Day – Includes Traditional Don Dance National Competition for the First Time

It is expected representatives from all Karen armed organizations will join the activities for the 70th Karen Revolution Day on January 31 in the Karen National Union’s Pa-An district, in Karen State. Local communities are excited with plans to hold a Karen traditional Don dance competition program at the event for the first time. Saw Tha Mawt Phaung (a.k.a Saw…

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63rd Karen State Day Launches, Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs and Deputy Speaker of House of Nationalities Join

The 63rd Karen State Day annual ceremony was held in Hpa-An on 7 November. The event, which was run by the Karen State Government, was opened by U Aye Thar Aung, vice-chairman of the National Parliament. U Aye Thar Aung also made an inaugural speech at the ceremony. Present at the ceremony were Nai Thet Lwin (the Union Minister for…

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R.I.P – Buddhist Monk – Myaing Gyi Ngu’s Sayadaw U Thuzana – 1947 – 2018

Sayadaw U Thuzana, the controversial monk accused of helping the Burma military regime of engineering the devastating split that broke and caused irreparable damage to the Karen National Union in 1994, died in a Bangkok Hospital on Saturday. Saw Naung Bee, an associate and care giver to the Abbot told Karen News that the monk died on Saturday at 9:12am…

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Mat Weaving Project Aims to Increase Rural Women’s Income in Pantanaw Area

The Pantanaw Karen Youth (PKY) is carrying out a mat weaving project to increase the income of rural women in Pantanaw Township, Ayeyarwady Region with funding from an international non-governmental organization (INGO). The PKY started the mat weaving project on July 1 with financial support from the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) and assistance from the GRET Myanmar,…

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Suspected Measles Outbreak Reported in Northern Karen State – 105 People Contracted

Border-based Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT) said suspected measles outbreak has been reported in Htee Thablu Hta Village Tract in Dweh lo Township of Mu Traw (Hpapun) District in northern Karen State. More than 100 people contracted suspected measles in 8 out of 12 villages under Htee Thablu Hta Village Tract – Bway Htaw Ru, Ka Pi Khee, Wa…

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KCC to Campaign for Resumption of Aids to Border Area

The Karen Community of Canada (KCC) will conduct international campaigns to resume aids to the refugees in Thai-Burma border and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The KCC’s chair Slone Phan told Karen News on September 4 that the decision was made by delegates from respective cities who attended the KCC’s annual meeting in Edmonton of Alberita province in Canada on September…

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Refugee Camps: First it was Funding Cuts to Food, Education, Healthcare and Social Work – Now 1,000 Administration Workers to Feel Donors Razor

The Karen Refugee Committee claim huge cuts to funding for administration of the Thai-Burma border refugee camps makes it impossible for more than 1,000 camp workers to do their jobs effectively. The KRC, who manage the camps and coordinate service delivery to the Karen refugee camps said in their July report that its administration work would be hard-hit by the…

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – Karen Community Groups Want Respect, Management Rights and Governance Over Ancestral Territories

Karen environmentalists demanded the Burma government “to respect and honor indigenous Karen peoples’ governance and management rights over their ancestral territories.” The Salween Peace Park Committee (SPPC) and Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) released a media statement to commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9, 2018, the 11th anniversary of the UN Declaration on…

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Over 100,000 Students Study Karen Literature in Ayeyarwady Region

A total of 123,696 students are learning Karen literature in government schools in the Ayeyarwady Region in the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the regional education office. There were only 91,871 students learning Karen literature in the previous 2017-18 academic year in the Ayeyarwady Region and the number of students has increased up to 31,825 in this academic year. “Many…

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