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‘I Stopped Going to School, Because We Had to Flee to India’: PART 1 – On the Run from the Chin State

July 31st, 2015|

Burma Link | July 31, 2015 Aung Than is 26 years old, enthusiastic and positive young Arakanese man from the Chin State, whose determination of acquiring an education has kept him going through difficult and [...]

‘Land Owners Were Arrested and Put in Prison’: PART 2 – On the Run from the Chin State

August 6th, 2015|

Burma Link | August 6, 2015 Despite being on the run much of his life, Aung Than has managed to realise his life-long dream of getting a good education. For this passionate, determined, and always [...]

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Karenni Refugee in Ban Mai Nai Soi Camp: ‘I Stay Here So I Feel Safe’

March 24th, 2015|

By Burma Link / March 24, 2015  John Bosco is like any 23-year-old who dreams of good education and a career, and who likes to read, use the internet, and play football. Unlike many young [...]

‘If I Really Try Hard Nothing Is Impossible’: From Collecting Recyclables to Higher Education

December 15th, 2014|

Naw Eh is an incredibly determined 20-year-old Karen woman whose perseverance, motivation and hopeful spirit have taken her far beyond what she ever could have imagined as a child. Growing up as an undocumented migrant under extreme poverty and lack of opportunity, unlike many others in Thailand young Naw Eh had no chance to go to school. Instead, she spent her mornings selling snacks to school children […]

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Lway Chee Sangar: Reclaiming Rights After a Childhood of Labor, Hardship, and Conflict

November 13th, 2014|

"We had never heard about human rights in the village," Lway Chee Sangar tells me at the Palaung Women's Organization (PWO) office in Mae Sot, Thailand. Sangar is 23 years old. The ethnic nationality group to which she belongs […]

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‘Please Support Our People, Not the Government – They Are Cheating the World’: Mahn Robert Ba Zan

October 20th, 2014|

Ariana Zarleen / Burma Link There is no political solution, only ceasefire. During the ceasefire, they [Burmese military] have been building a stronghold in Karen areas […]

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‘One Day the World Will Recognise Our Sovereignty’: Naga Leader Part 2

August 23rd, 2014|

By Ariana Zarleen / Burma Link Shapwon is a leader of the Naga, a forgotten people who have fought a desperate struggle against the Indian and Burmese governments as well as Naga socialists. In a [...]

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‘I Am One of the Top People on Their Lists to Be Killed’: Naga Leader Part 1

August 15th, 2014|

By Ariana Zarleen / Burma Link Shapwon is a leader of the Naga. He joined the nationalist movement in 1975 and is now the Joint Secretary of Naga National Council. He is a leader who [...]

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