David Taw makes peace

October 21, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei and S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

As many as a thousand people turned out to pay their last respects at Padoh Saw David Taw’s funeral which was held at Thay Bay Hta in the Karen National Union 7th brigade. The crowd included David Taw’s family, officials from KNU and KNLA, Padoh Saw Ah Toe, Padoh Saw Ro... Read more ►

Karen children get small taste of their own language

October 20, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Small girls and boys in a variety of traditional Karen costumes – girls wear striped, white, blue and yellow dresses, while boys wear red. It is Saturday morning and the children gather in front of their wooden school, a basic structure that lacks walled classrooms. T... Read more ►

RIP – Padoh Saw David Taw – (1948-2012)

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Padoh David Taw, a Karen leader, died tonight at 10:30pm in Mingalardon military hospital in Rangoon. Padoh David Taw, aged 65, passed away after suffering from a long illness. The Burma government tonight (Sunday) will fly by helicopter, Padoh David Taw’s body to Karen S... Read more ►

Karen people will KNU leaders to unite

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

An attempt to reunify a recent division in the Karen National Union has made marked progress this week when both sides agreed to talk. Karen people and community-based-organizations around the world were shocked to read in the media that three KNU leaders had breached the po... Read more ►

KNU Needs a Strong, Charismatic and Unifying Leader to Maintain Unity and Contain Dissension

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Greh Moo*

The recent development within the KNU’s leadership has sent viral shock wave across the Karen communities both inside and abroad. The revelation that KNLA’s top leader, some brigade commanders, district officials and KNU Central committees journeyed to Pan-An to open a l... Read more ►

Karen group wants ‘clean hands’ in ‘peace talks’

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The European Karen Network (EKN) urged the Burmese government and international aid donors not to seek to divide the Karen under the guise of ‘peace-talk’ initiatives. An EKN released a statement paper following the Karen National Union’s dismissal of three of its ... Read more ►

19 Karen political prisoners released

September 22, 2012  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

The release of 19 Karen political prisoners has raised the hopes that the country’s remaining 800 prisoners of conscience will soon be freed. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoner (Burma) this weeksaid that on Monday, the Burma government released 514 prisoners... Read more ►

Gunshots and resignations disrupt militia elections

September 13, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Gunshots disrupted the elections of the political wing of the armed militia, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, when a former village head disagreed with the result. As a result of the election fiasco, General Saw Ler Pwe (also known as Bo Na Kham Mwe), the patron of the DK... Read more ►

Family of Karen refugee woman killed by cattle truck compensated

September 13, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Thai police have decided that the family of a Karen refugee killed in a road accident will be paid 235,000 baht compensation by the truck driver responsible for the woman’s death last week. Mae La refugee camp officials said Thai police have now settled the case and the t... Read more ►

Karen communities in Australia celebrate to protect their culture

August 20, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

Karen people who have resettled in Australia are determined that their children do not forget their heritage or their traditions. This year a Karen community living in Melbourne, Victoria invited other ethnic groups from Burma and local Aboriginal leaders to attend the annua... Read more ►

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