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PostSubject: Conflict: The Karen tribe   Mon 12 Mar - 15:58

The Karen is a tribe located at the boarder of Burma and Thailand. By not signing for peace with their country, in a willingness of freedom, they are hunt and exploited. It's a really dread situation there. People are killed either by mines, or the army. The Karens are forced to seek refuge in Thailand, taking risks by crossing the boarder, and then to be half paid.

On this web site some information on this tribe:
http://www.karen.org/

I tell more on the conflict when I'll have more information. Feel free to complete, or correct, what will be write here.

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PostSubject: Re: Conflict: The Karen tribe   Tue 13 Mar - 2:52

We should pray for them ! I think they need it...

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PostSubject: Re: Conflict: The Karen tribe   Wed 14 Mar - 18:49

Historical Background:

The people of Burma, regardless of politics, ethnicity or religion, have suffered from more than 30 years of international warfare and military oppression. After decades under a brutal military regime, a widespread movement for democracy culminated in the massacre of thousands of demonstrators throughout the country in 1988. The military dictatorship bowed to intense pressure and held elections in 1990. The National League for Democracy party won over 80% of the votes, and the military responded by ignoring the results of the elections and jailing many. Earlier, in 1989, the leader of the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi, was placed under house arrest for six years, during which time she was awarded the Nobel Peace Price.

Elected members of parliament and other pro democracy people were forced to flee, and many of those who stayed were arrested, tortured, and killed. Since that time in an effort to stay in Power, the military dictatorship has continued systematic repression against the people of Burma, including random arrests, extra judicial killings, rape, forced labor and military service, torture and ongoing campaigns against ethnic minorities and pro-democracy groups. Surveillance by the military intelligence is persuasive. Meanwhile, most of the world's heroin comes out from Burma, with the complicity of the dictatorship, who spends over 50% of the national budget on arms, while the Burmese people slide deeper into poverty.

What was one of the richest countries in Asia is now one of the poorest in the world - and has one of the worst human rights records.

The military dictatorship changed the name of Burma to Myanmar in 1989. In line with the common wishes of the people of Burma, we will continue to refer to the country as Burma.

http://www.prayforburma.org./


The Global Day of Prayer for Burma: March 11

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PostSubject: Re: Conflict: The Karen tribe   Wed 14 Mar - 18:51

The information above come from the C.C.B, Christians Concerned for Burma.

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PostSubject: Re: Conflict: The Karen tribe   Wed 16 May - 19:16

----------------------------------Somewhere on the border, the refugee camps--------------------------------------


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PostSubject: Re: Conflict: The Karen tribe   Wed 16 May - 19:36

In the camp: No electricity nor running water. Growing own food is not allowed. The sick people have to live in dedicated areas, just like the lepers in the Old Testament of the Bible. The camp is watched by armed soldiers. If the army find someone in the jungle they shoot with their weapons. Aslo refugee camps could be the target of the mortar.

But. The Karens who live in Thailand in the camps have more security than those who stay in the Jungle in Burma. Most of the time they have to flee from their village to avoid the raids of the Burmese army. When they come back, the village is sometimes entirely burned down, or landmines could be disposed in the around to discourage the Karens to reenter the place. Sometimes, while they run for their lives, family are scattered.

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