Thursday, June 08, 2006

Karen being displaced by Burmese Army

The Burmese military is once again attacking the Karen people. This goes on year after year after year. The only thing that slows them down is rain. So, we pray for rain. And, it has rained and the army has gotten bogged down. They have not been able to do their worst though they try.

Read the story the whole story at:

An Uncertain Fate -- The Irrawaddy News Magazine Online Edition

A savage onslaught by the Burmese army in Karen State has displaced thousands and seriously undermined any government talk about democratic reform

Up to four families squash into half-finished bamboo structures of three or four rooms built into the side of a mountain. Those on the other side of the mountain still wait for suitable shelter.

Under these thatched roofs, various cooking utensils lie scattered among tired, poorly clothed and underfed Karen refugees just arrived from northern and eastern Karen State in Burma. They were driven out of their homes by an aggressive campaign by the Burmese army, which targets civilians as well as armed ethnic rebels.

They sit now in Mae Ra Moo refugee camp in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province near the Burma border, safe from Burma’s predatory army, but with a very uncertain future. Meanwhile, thousands more remain on the Burmese side of the Salween River, prohibited by Thai authorities from entering Thailand.


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