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Sheffield Karen community tell of Burmese persecution

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Meg organised a meeting with members of the Karen community who live in Sheffield to find out about the current situation in Burma. The Karen originate in Burma, but the regional Karen State is controlled by the central Burmese military government. For many years the Karen people have been persecuted by the central authorities, and many have fled the country to live in refugee camps on the Thai border.

 

Members of the Karen community in Sheffield told Meg that there has been an increase in violence and intimidation in Burma over recent months. This has included in Karen villages men forced to join the Burmese army or pay money; women and children forced to be porters for the army and women being raped. Many had to flee to Thailand or border areas.

 

Meg said:

 

"The Karen people I met are very grateful that they are safe and able to live in Sheffield. However they do fear for the lives and conditions of the people back in Burma and Thailand. I have written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development to raise their concerns."

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Meg receiving copies of information produced by the Karen Human Rights Group on the current situation.

Meg receiving copies of information produced by the Karen Human Rights Group on the current situation.


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