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‘Our [Karen] Leaders … Stand by Our Side Bravely Against This Dam Project’: Naw They Nay, KWO Chairwoman for Ei Thu Hta

March 20th, 2017|

Burma Link | March 20, 2017 On the banks of the Salween River, one of the largest free-flowing rivers in the world, local communities and community-based organisations gathered together on March 14th -- marking the [...]

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‘I Want to Go Where Other Teachers Don’t Want to Go’: Ethnic Mon Teacher Trainee and Advocate for Educational Change

January 27th, 2017|

Burma Link | January 27, 2017 A positive and passionate ethnic Mon youth, 21-year-old Tao always seems to have a smile on his face. It was no easy task, however, to arrive at where he [...]

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‘There Is No returning, No Life to Go Back to’: Mae Lay, Muslim Revolutionary in Nu Po Refugee Camp

January 6th, 2017|

Burma Link | January 6, 2017 Two decades ago, Mae Lay left everything behind and fled a major Burma Army attack around Kyaik Hto in his Karen homeland. Together with hundreds of other civilians, he [...]

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‘Sometimes I Ask Myself, Do I Have a Country?’: Young Peace Builder and Refugee

September 15th, 2016|

Burma Link | September 15, 2016 Mee Lay is a 25-year-old inspiring young refugee woman who spent her early years in malaria infested jungle hideouts with constant food insecurity and struggle to go to school. [...]

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‘When I First Came Here … They Hated the Burmans’: Burman Teacher Who Married a Mon Soldier

August 30th, 2016|

Burma Link | August 30, 2016  Daw Khin Nyunt is a 46-year-old Buddhist Burman woman living in rural New Mon State Party (NMSP) controlled ceasefire areas of southeast Burma. Daw Khin Nyunt comes from the [...]

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‘We Hear About How ‘We Have to Return… We Have to Return’: Former Nu Poe Refugee Camp Leader

July 21st, 2016|

Burma Link | July 21, 2016 Saw Lah Hset Plet Htee is a Bible schoolteacher and a religious leader who has spent the past thirty years living in  Nu Poe refugee camp on the Thailand-Burma [...]

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‘According to the Burmese Military Activities in Our Area, Finding Real Peace Is Not That Easy’: Fifth Brigade Karen Commander

July 7th, 2016|

Burma Link | July 7, 2016 Located in the depths of Burma’s southeastern jungle, the Fifth Brigade of the Karen National Union (KNU) remains a stronghold of the ethnic resistance movement. On a visit to [...]

‘FREEDOM is More Important than Anything’: Karen Major General Nerdah Bo Mya

June 15th, 2016|

Burma Link | June 15, 2016 Nerdah Bo Mya was born in a small Karen village in a KNU (Karen National Union) controlled area near Manerplaw—the former headquarters of the KNU and the pro–democracy movement—as [...]

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