366 STORIES TAGGED ‘KAREN’

Burma Army Bans Statue of Karen Hero, Saw Ba U Gyi, From Karen New Year Celebrations

November 23, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Local Karen communities’ plans to raise a statue of their hero and martyr, Saw Ba U Gyi, was objected to by Burma Army commanders in the Three Pagoda Pass town of Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District. Committee members in charge of the Karen New Year celebration in Win ... Read more ►

Karen Sepak Takraw Team from New Zealand to Compete in Thailand

November 23, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

They only just received official recognition earlier this month, but in a matter of weeks, a Karen sepak takraw team will be playing their first international match, in Thailand. At the 32nd King’s Cup Sepak Takraw Championship in Thailand the New Zealand men’s national ... Read more ►

In Thai Border Camps, Funding Cuts Leave Refugees in Limbo

November 21, 2017  •  Author: *Kaelyn Lynch

Refugees from Burma are finding it difficult to stay, difficult to go home. In Thailand, funding cuts to refugee camps have left over 100,000 displaced people from Burma to choose between trying to survive in deteriorating conditions and returning to a country not ready to ... Read more ►

Bogalay Massacres Should be Investigated and Commemorated

October 29, 2017  •  Author: Mark Farmner

This month another forgotten anniversary is passing by without official acknowledgement. The 8th of August 1988 is remembered for the nationwide protests and crackdown which followed. Troops opened fire on civilians, estimates put the number of people killed at more than thr... Read more ►

Committee Begins Development of English, Myanmar, and Karen Languages Dictionary

October 18, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

An effort to compile Myanmar’s first dictionary for English, Myanmar, Sgaw Karen, Western Pwo Karen, and Eastern Pwo Karen languages is underway, the project’s organising committee said. The dictionary is intended to keep an up-to-date register of the languages, as w... Read more ►

Fundraisers Held to Support Ei Tu Hta IDPs

October 3, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Hoping to bring relief displaced Karen people whose camp no longer has a source of funding, the Karen diaspora across the border in Thailand staged an emergency fundraising benefit over the weekend. Over 100 people attended the September 30 fundraiser in Mae Sot, which broug... Read more ►

Financial Assistance Dries Up at the Ei Tu Hta IDP Camp

October 1, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Despite appeals for emergency funding, a displaced persons camp in the northern Karen State has received no additional cash and anticipates its finances have dried up by the end of September, officials said. At the beginning of September, the Ei Tu Hta IDP Camp Supporting Co... Read more ►

Mon State Govt Donates Karen Costumes, Instruments to Universities

September 20, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

In effort to bolster Karen traditions, the Mon State government has donated dance costumes and instruments to five universities, an official said. The Karen literature and culture committees at Mawlamyine University, Mon State’s Technological University, the University of ... Read more ►

Thai Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Coal Mine Pollution and HR Violations in Southern Burma

September 17, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) met on 11 September to hear a complaint against the Ben Chaung Coal Mine. The coalmine is located in the Thanintharyi Region of Burma and three Thai companies are involved. The complaint, filed by representatives of in... Read more ►

Karen Diaspora in Minnesota Keeps Language Alive with Local Trainings

September 17, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

A group of Karen residents in Minnesota are trying to keep their traditions alive among the diaspora by teaching the Karen language and literature. Every weekend from January 28 to September 4, a group that calls itself the Putermine Gontar Temple taught 16 adults and kids i... Read more ►

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