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Attacks, Displacement and Oppression in Karen and Karenni States

FBR REPORT: Pictures of Oppression: Attacks, Displacement and Oppression in Karen and Karenni States
Karen State, Burma
19 January, 2009

Small Child carries his belongings into hiding as Burma Army troops attack.

Central Karen State: Burma Army and DKBA troops continue to attack civilians and KNLA troops in central Karen State along the Thai border. Villagers now have fewer and fewer places to hide.
Northern Karen State: Relief in the Face of Attacks. Over 200 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) fled Burma Army attacks in the area of Takawder village in Kyauk Kyi Township.
Karenni State: In southern Karenni State the Burma Army is trying to terrorize the population into submission by attacking those in hiding, capturing and forcing villagers to act as guides and porters.
Dear Friends,
Here are some photos and information we are sending directly from the field from our relief teams in areas of northern and central Karen State as well as Karenni State. We hope these photos help to paint a clearer picture of Burma Army attacks and oppression over the last several weeks. All photos were taken in December 2008 or January 2009.

The photos from central Karen State show some of the recently displaced, as villagers are fleeing attacks by the Burma Army and one of its proxy armies, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA). The photos from northern Karen State also show villagers fleeing, in hiding, and relief teams giving medical treatment in the midst of recent attacks in Nyaunglebin District. The photo from Karenni State shows a newly placed Burma Army landmine, one of the main weapons the Burma Army uses to terrorize local populations into permanent displacement.

We want to thank all of you who continue to stand with the people of Burma as they face the attacks and oppression of Burma’s dictators.

At the moment it is not safe for anyone…

This morning about 150 of us gathered at a Mya family compound to mark the late General Bo Mya’s life and give thanks for the New Year and the fact we are still alive.
Bo Mya would have been 82 today.
It was a moving and uplifting ceremony.
Every single person there wanted the war to takes its place on the shelves of history and gather dust.
But less than an hour’s drive from where we gathered between 300 and 400 men, three DKBA battalions and one SPDC battalion, had 100 KNLA soldiers surrounded at Wah Lay Kee, base camp of Sixth Brigade’s 201st battali0n.
They are now about 500m from the camp, poised to strike.
The same goes for 202 battalion, to Mae Sot’s north, but the enemy there is three battalions of SPDC, or about 300 men.
Mae Tawahwah, nearby, but further inside, is also reportedly full of SPDC reinforcements.
They are moving into position, but they have not yet attacked.
101 battalion, consisting of about 160 KNLA soldiers and seven nurses, to the northwest of Mae La refugee camp is involved in fighting daily.
And intense fighting has broken out in both Shan and Karenni states.
Nerdah bluntly says all this activity is a concerted push to quash insurgents before the 2010 ‘elections’ so the SPDC and its US public relations firms can manage an effective whitewash that will insitutionalise the miltary in the ‘democratic process’.

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Burmese and Laos workers arrested in Bangkok

Thai authorities raided Ban Kae Mall and arrested Burmese and Laos security guards.
The 49 workers, all from Burma and Laos, had been working at the shopping mall as security guards for many years. This is the first time that such a large number of people have been arrested at the mall. Most of the workers can speak and write Thai.
The police will send all the arrested people to court for illegally entering the country and for illegally working in Thailand. The police will also send an official letter to the company that hired the illegal workers.
As a result of the world economic crisis many foreign investment companies and factories closed down in 2008 and many Thai labors have made unemployed.
IT is normal for Thai police to arrest Burmese workers and ask them for money but now the world economic crisis has affected Burmese and other illegal migrant workers more, many more are being arrested.


Burmese rice imports stopped at Chittagong Port

Written by Webmaster
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Chittagong, Bangladesh: Burmese rice imports to Bangladesh have been stopped at Chittagong Port, since January 12, on account of there being rotten rice in the cargo ship, while unloading it, according to sources from Chittagong Port.

A ship with about 2,000 MT of rice arrived at Chittagong Port on January 12, and unloading was on till January 18, at the jetty of shed No. 8. Acting on information, a group of custom officials went to the port and checked the ship, while rice was being unloaded. The officials found that about 92.80 MT of rice was rotten.

As a result, the authorities concerned of the port stopped the remaining rice from being unloaded from the ship on January 18. The rice was imported to Bangladesh by Titan-No.7 ship through rice U.K.M food product Company of Khatonkonj of Chittagong. continue

Farmers in Dawhpumyang ordered to sell 5,000 Tins of rice to military

Written by KNG
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 18:00
The Burmese military junta has ordered farmers in Dawhpumyang branch-township in Burma’s northern Kachin state to sell 5,000 Tins (Burma’s standard unit of measurement of rice is 1 tin = 10.5 kg) of rice to the military authorities through the branch-township administrative office or branch-township peace and development council (Ma Ya Ka), said local farming sources. The order has been implemented in these areas since early this month.
Farmers in the branch-township were informed by their village administrative offices or village peace and development council (Ya Ya Ka). Dawhpumyang is a branch-township of Momauk (N’Mawk) township in Bhamo (Manmaw) District in Kachin state, said locals.

Farmers in Lajayang village, near the Sino-Burma border in the branch-township said that they have been told to sell paddy to the Burmese military at 3,000 Kyat (US $2.7) per Tin where they stand to lose for they can sell for over 4,000 Kyat (US $3.8) per Tin to Chinese customers on the border. continue

MYANMAR: Maternal mortality remains high (IRIN)

YANGON , 20 January 2009 (IRIN) – Mya Khin never once saw a doctor when she was pregnant. All four of her children were delivered at home by an untrained, illiterate birth attendant.

But at 47, giving birth to her fifth child, complications arose and she began to haemorrhage. Neither the attendant nor her family knew what to do, and the nearest hospital was 45 minutes away.

“We didn’t even have the taxi fare to bring our mother to the hospital,” said her daughter, who frantically tried to find a doctor in her village outside Yangon, the former Burmese capital.

“When we got home, my mother was already dead in a pool of blood,” the distraught 16-year-old said.

MDG off target

According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in Myanmar an estimated 3,800 women die in pregnancy and childbirth each year, mainly from post-partum haemorrhaging, infection, unsafe abortion, eclampsia and obstructed labour.

“Maternal mortality remains high,” Pansy Tun Thein, UNFPA’s country representative, told IRIN. continue