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The Karen News | “To Defeat the Military Junta – We Must be United and Stay United…”

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Enemies of the State

As the rainy season gains momentum, upwards of 14,000 ethnic Karen refugees remain in makeshift shelters just inside the Thai border, displaced by fighting between the Burmese army and a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) that erupted following national elections last year and continues to displace thousands in eastern Burma. Displaced villagers have encamped in scattered…

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Deadly Soil: Burma’s Enduring Landmine Tragedy

Increased militarization by the Burmese army in Karen state in recent months has further imperiled communities already at risk of injury or death by landmines, in a country described by a 2011 report by the humanitarian organization Geneva Call as “one of the most heavily landmine-contaminated countries on earth.” The report, titled Humanitarian Impact of Landmines in Burma/Myanmar, estimates that…

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The enemy of my enemy

The establishment of Burma’s so-called civilian government following national polls in November has done little to change the realities on the ground in Karen State, but as villagers describe near-daily scenes of armed conflict between government soldiers and a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), they also show growing support for the DKBA’s struggle. “We hear sounds…

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