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Despite Airstrikes, Burma Army Attacks, Malaria, Low Supplies – Karen Villagers and Community Groups Work Together For Survival

By Conor Phelan* KPSN filmed footage of villages destroyed by airstrikes – schools, buildings and houses have been flattened, with many homes riddled with bullet holes, caused by Burma military helicopters. The Burma Army released statements stating the airstrikes were a response to the Karen National Liberation Army’s (KNLA) seizure of a military outpost in the Mutraw district. According to…

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The World Turns a Blind Eye to Burmese Military Attacks on Ethnic Villages – more than 50,000 Karen Displaced

By Conor Phelan* A health worker, Saw Doe Doh, told Karen News the wet season is adding to the already serious health risks displaced villagers are facing, especially with an increase in malaria, dengue fever and diarrhoea cases. The wet season also adds to the difficulties displaced villagers have to face flooded rivers are dangerous to cross and travelling by…

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Burma Army Shelling Continues in Mutraw, Northern Karen State – 90 Villages, 980 Households, 4,000 displaced people – Aid Desperately Needed

Naw Nang Thazin, a health care provider looking after IDPs told Karen News that building shelter is critical as the wet season has placed many of the displaced villagers at risk. “There are 4,000 refugees and as they are not settled in one place like before it has made it difficult to arrange shelters for them. A local Abbot has…

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Burma Military Jets Bomb 10,000 Villagers Out Homes – 3,000 Flee to Safety in Thailand

Airstrikes by Burma military jets in the Northern Karen State of Mutraw (Papun) district forced more than 10,000 villagers from their homes and as many as 3,000 of them cross the border for their safety into Thailand. The Karen Peace Support Network said in a media statement the Burma military’s nighttime bombings raids followed helicopter surveillance flights around 3.30pm, Saturday…

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Burma Army Blocks Road, Restricts Travel, Obstruct Aids and Access to Displaced Karen Villagers – Burma Army Shelling Continues, 200 More Villagers Displaced

A local aid provider helping to transport goods to the displaced Karen villagers said help to support basic living such as food and clothing had reached Kyauk Gyi Town in Pegu Division, but the Burma Army refused to issue travel permission for the transportation. The aid worker told Karen News it is impossible to get the assistance through as roads…

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Stalled Peace Talks Adds to Refugee Worries – Can’t Go Home, Aids Cuts, Shelter and Security at Risk – Karen Network Urge UK, EU and other Aid Donors to Resume Support

On World Refugee Day, 2019, the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) issued a statement calling on the European Union, United Kingdom and other donors to support refugees and IDPs in eastern Burma and Thailand. With the peace building process stalled and without any guaranteed political solutions, it is impossible for the refugees and displaced people to return to their original…

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Myanmar’s Karen Displaced in a Quagmire

Long-time refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border face cuts in rations but say they cannot return to areas where fighting is ongoing. International aid for refugees and displaced people in camps on the Thai-Myanmar border has been slashed since Myanmar’s first supposedly democratic government was elected four years ago. The assumption underpinning this cut in funding was that conditions are, or…

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Salween River Flood Damages Homes at Ei Tu Hta IDP Camp

Some homes have been inundated and some local residents were forced to flee to safe ground in Ei Tu Hta Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp due to sudden rise of the Salween River on September 5, the camp’s social affairs coordinator Saw Paul Leh Kar Li Lar Mu said to Karen News. Ei Tu Hta IDP camp is located besides…

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KCC to Campaign for Resumption of Aids to Border Area

The Karen Community of Canada (KCC) will conduct international campaigns to resume aids to the refugees in Thai-Burma border and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The KCC’s chair Slone Phan told Karen News on September 4 that the decision was made by delegates from respective cities who attended the KCC’s annual meeting in Edmonton of Alberita province in Canada on September…

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – Karen Community Groups Want Respect, Management Rights and Governance Over Ancestral Territories

Karen environmentalists demanded the Burma government “to respect and honor indigenous Karen peoples’ governance and management rights over their ancestral territories.” The Salween Peace Park Committee (SPPC) and Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) released a media statement to commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9, 2018, the 11th anniversary of the UN Declaration on…

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