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As the International Community Turns Away, World-wide Karen Solidarity is Needed in Karen State

By Saw Greh Moo* Since the beginning of the coup, some KNU’s military brigades, especially Brigade 1 and 5, openly sided with anti-coup protestors and engaged in intense fighting with the Burma Army. As a result, fighting between the KNU and Burma Army’s troops was confined to these Brigades. Since recent developments all KNU’s seven Brigades and districts have experienced…

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COVID and Political Coup Mayhem Disrupt Childhood Immunization Programs in Karen State

Parents in rural areas of Karen State said they are unable to get their children immunized during Covid-19 outbreaks and because of the chaos caused by the military coup. A Kawkareik Township resident told Karen News children due to get their vaccinations are unable to do so as health centers, hospitals and clinics are closed. The Kawkareik Township resident explained…

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Myawaddy Residents Fear Flooding, Closure of Treatment Centres and Rising COVID-19 Cases

On July 27, 2021, more than 3,000 households were affected by floodwaters, especially those houses located near or on the banks of Thaung Yin (Moei) River. The Thaung Yin (Moei) River marks the international border between Burma and Thailand. With continuous rains, the water level in Thaung Yin (Moei) River has risen above dangerous level and continues to rise. More…

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COVID-19 Cases Rises, Drug Shortages, Price Hikes Force Karen State Pharmacies to Close

Nan Khin Lin, a pharmacy shop owner in Hpa-an said people facing Covid-19’s third wave, are worried pharmacies would close, so they started hoarding medicine. Added to people’s concerns are that drugs companies have also stopped their distribution, creating shortages of medicine. Speaking to Karen News, Nan Khin Lin said she was concerned by the effect both factors would have…

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Thai University Joins Karen Calls for the Release of Activist Saw Lin Htet

Saw Lin Htet was arrested by Burma’s security forces on March 23, 2021 while travelling home from a community meeting with villagers. Saw Lin Htet, a Karen youth activist is based in Hpa-An and was involved in many community works in the area. Close friends said security forces arrested him when he was coming back from a meeting in Don…

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61 People Arrested as Security Forces Use Tear Gas, Water Cannons and Live Ammunition in Karen State Anti-Coup Protests

Security forces in Hpa-an, were reported using tear gas, water cannons and firing weapons to disburse protesters. Young protesters were physical abused when arrested. Images recorded by protesters show police bursting into rooms and dragging young women protestors out by their hair as they took them away. Khaing Phyo Maung, a teenager who was arrested on the day, but released…

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2021 COUP: Karen State Chief Minister Arrested – Communication Blocked – Concerns for Detainees Safety – Civilian Protests Grow

Following her arrest, all mobile phones belonging to ministers and staff were confiscated. Nan Khin Htwe Myint and other Karen State ministers and their associates have been unlawfully detained since the Burma military took power in a coup on the 1st of February. The key reason for the military’s actions, according to the source, is to stop information from going…

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KNU’s Covid-19 Screening Post Destroyed by Burma Army Re-Opens in Mutraw (Papun) District

The Covid-19 screening post located in KNU controlled territory was burnt by the Burma Army in May. The screening post was rebuilt and is now operating after officials from both the KNU and Burma Army reached an agreement. The screening point was suspended shortly after reopening on June 25 after a request from the Burma Army. A Back Pack Health…

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*Accusations Fly Over Failed Jungle Investment

Australian entrepreneur Nigel Grier presents as a successful, sustainability innovator helping save the world while making people rich. He has recruited investors to help build a city from scratch for refugees in Myanmar. He has even offered to rehouse two bears kept in cramped conditions in the south-east Asian country. However, Mr Grier is fending off complaints from investors and…

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Karen State – Two Covid-19 Cases Confirmed, More Quarantine Centers Prepared

According to the announcement made on Monday May 18th, two males tested by National Laboratory (Yangon) returned positive results. Both men are from Kawkareik Township, Karen State and had recently returned from Malaysia. Karen State’s Social Affair Minister U Bo Bo Wai Maung confirmed the results to Karen News and said that the two men’s condition are so far not…

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