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Teenage Girl Killed and Three Others Villagers Seriously Wounded by Burma Army Shelling of Civilian Areas

Villagers confirmed to Karen News a 17-year-old girl was killed while three others villagers were seriously injured by Burma Army artillery at around 5am on Thursday. The artillery shells also damage a number of villagers’ houses. Following fighting between the local Karen National Liberation Army combined forces and the Burma Army near Htee Mu Hta Village, the Burma Army deliberately…

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Kyarinnseikgyi Teacher Opposed to Coup, Sentenced to 17 Years-in Jail with Hard Labor

Maung Hein Htet Aung, a primary school teacher, who taught at Khok Khwar Village’s Primary School in Kyarinnseikgyi Township, Karen State was sentenced for his involvement with the anti-coup movement. The authorities filed a lawsuit against Maung Hein Htet Aung on three charges and he was sentenced on 9 March 2022 at Hpa-an District Court. Friends of Maung Hein Htet…

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Karen State’s Unreliable Power Supply Forces Firewood, Charcoal, and Candle Prices to Skyrocket – Garment Factories Owners Expect Huge Losses and Cancelled Orders

A resident of Kyondoe Town in Kawkreik Township told Karen News the increasing price of firewood, charcoal, and candles in Karen State has put a huge financial burden on local people. Some households are unable to afford to buy these essential household items. The country’s electricity distribution has been reduced with frequent outages, forcing people to use firewood and charcoal…

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Karen Reggae Star, Saw Poe Kwar Still in Jail – Karen Artists and Community Campaign for his Release

Karen artists and youth communities used social media platforms to demand the release of Saw Poe Kwar who was arrested on the first day of the military coup on 1st February 2021 and charged under Article 505(a) and later sentenced to two years in jail. Saw Poe Kwar’s arrest came on the same day as State Counselor Daw Aung San…

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Burma Army Deliberately Shells Village, Killing Seven Karen Civilians – Including Children and a Pregnant Woman

In the latest bombardments, seven villagers were killed and four other injured when the Burmese military fired heavy artillery at Klaw Day Village, Mae Klaw village tract, Bu Tho Township in Mu Traw District, in Northern Karen Stat on 5th March 2022. A statement released by the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), said among the dead were three young girls,…

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Water Shortages, Rising Petrol Prices, Summer Heat Adds to Hardships Facing Returning Refugees and Displaced Residents of Lay Pha Htaw Village

The villagers during hot and dry summers their water supply needs to be pumped by generators. Lay Pha Htaw community leaders said the hot weather has created water shortages since the end of monsoon season and they have had to pump and distribute water to villagers. Mahn Aung Pwint, a Lay Pha Htaw village community leader explained to Karen News.…

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Civil Society Groups Welcome Stricter EU Sanctions on Businesses and Individuals Associated with Military Junta

Justice for Myanmar, a campaign alliance collecting, investigating evidence and exposing the business network of the Burma military, issued a statement welcoming the European Union’s decision to impose economic sanctions on 22 individuals associating with the junta and four companies, including the International Group of Entrepreneurs (IGE), Mining Enterprise 1 (ME1), Htoo Group, and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE),…

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No Power for the People – Hpa-an Power Outages Cause Increase Demand for Charcoal – Prices Rise

Charcoal sellers said city residents and villagers that had access to electricity have been experiencing regular power outages, with most ordinary people having to rely on charcoal for cooking, charcoal traders are facing increased demands for charcoal. A charcoal trader in Hpa-an told Karen News. “Now, the electricity supply is not running regularly. If there is no electricity, we rely…

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Padoh Mahn Sha’s Words Still Ring Strong…

Trawling through transcripts of my interviews with the late Padoh Mahn Sha, it stood out that his guidance and political intellect would be invaluable today as fighting rages between ethnic armed groups, their allies and the Burma Army and its sponsored militia’s. In November 2006, Padoh Mahn Sha explained why the Karen National Union was unwilling to surrender. “Our resolve…

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VALE HARN LAY – 1963 to 2022

I first met cartoonist Harn Lay, 15 years ago in the northern Thai town of Chiang Mai. He was then working for the Irrawaddy magazine. I was impressed by his cartoons that never failed to skewer Burma’s military regime and wanted to write a feature about him and his work. Today, the military regime still rules Burma with an iron…

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