War and Peace – A Woman’s View – Part 1

September 12, 2013  •  Author: Saw Doo Plout and Saw Blacktown

Naw K’nyaw Paw, an executive member of the Karen Women’s Organization, in an exclusive two-part interview with Karen News spoke about the need for women to be included in peace talks as stipulated under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, the impact of d... Read more ►

KNU supports Karen businesses

September 12, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen National Union in a move to get behind locally owned businesses has offered its support to Karen entrepreneurs. The Karen National Union’s Mergui-Tavoy District said it is ready to offer its support to Karen companies wanting to set up business in its area. I... Read more ►

KNU explains its ceasefire and peace building process to refugees

September 2, 2013  •  Author: By S’ Phan Shaung

The Karen National Union met with refugees and representatives of civil society organizations in Mae La refugee camp on the Thai Burma border to discuss and explain its ongoing peace building process with the Burma government. The meeting took place on Thursday, August 29 an... Read more ►

Hope Hpa-an Wrist Tying Ceremony Unites Karen

August 29, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

This year’s Karen wrist tying ceremony came with added significance. A two-year ceasefire still holding, Karen armed groups, once sworn enemies promising to be united and villagers able to travel freely in their homeland. Saw Myint Thu, an organizing committee member for t... Read more ►

Conflict erupts over Govt teachers deployed to KNU areas

August 20, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

A move by the Burmese government to send teachers to Karen National Union controlled areas has created tensions with villagers. Saw Mu Htee, from the Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG) who is visiting Karen schools in the Pa-an district spoke to Karen News. “In 2013, Burme... Read more ►

Tragedy strikes refugee women

August 16, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Three tragic incidents involving women sent shock waves through the Tham Tin refugee camp in Thailand this week. The three separate incidents happened on August 13, when two Karen refugee women are alleged to have killed themselves, while a third woman survived an attempted ... Read more ►

Karen militia – tease, argue, shoot, three dead…

August 16, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

After an argument broke out between four members of a Karen militia group three ended up dead from gunshots. The four Karen men were members of the KNU/KNLA Peace Council, a Karen armed group led by former Karen National Liberation Army, 7th Brigade Commander General Htin Ma... Read more ►

The Irrawaddy Delta to hold first ever Karen Wrist Tying Ceremony

August 12, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

The Karen Wrist Tying ceremony – a popular Karen ethnic traditional ceremony is to be held in the Irrawaddy Delta region for the first time. The Karen Wrist Tying ceremony is organized by members of the Karen Literature and Culture Committee based in Pantannaw Township... Read more ►

63rd Karen Martyrs’ Day…the struggle goes on…

August 12, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Today is the 63rd anniversary of Karen Martyrs’ Day that commemorates Karen leaders and civilians who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the Karen people under successive Burma military regimes. In a letter addressing all Karen people, General Mutu Say Po, chairman of... Read more ►

Martyrs’ Day Commemorated

August 12, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Hundreds of refugees in southern Thailand gathered today to commemorate the Karen Martyrs’ Day on 12 August. The Karen refugees from the Tham Hin camp joined to commemorate the 63rd Anniversary of Karen Martyrs’ Day. Saw Raymond Bu, head of Tham Hin refugee commi... Read more ►

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