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Civil War in Burma, Karen Women in Exile


Karen lady in traditional attire fetching water in bamboo buckets in the armed conflict zone of Kawthoolei. Source: Free Burma Coalition

Karen lady in traditional attire fetching water in bamboo "buckets" in the armed conflict zone of Kawthoolei. Source: Free Burma Coalition

Burma is a country run by one of the strictest military juntas in the world. For nearly 60 years, the country has been embroiled in civil war. More than 1 million people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands of ethnic minorities have fled to refugee camps in neighboring Thailand escaping forced labor, rapes, killings and imprisonment. The situation has deteriorated so badly that last September the U.N. Security Counsel added Burma to its formal agenda.

The Karen tribe is the largest ethnic minority in Burma. They continue to fight the junta. They say they will not surrender until there is peace and a separate state for the Karen people. Producer Jack Chance and the international documentary team Outer Voices went to Burma and Thailand to interview refugee activists from the Karen Women’s Organization. This is their story.

This had been a special collaboration with Outer Voices.


Interviews with Nobel nominees Zipporah Sein and Lydia Tom La as well as several other women activists, observers, humanitarian workers, and refugees.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio.
Outer Voices Producers: Jack Chance, Stephanie Guyer-Stevens, Barrett Golding and Robin Wise.
Contributing Producer: Emily Polk.

For more information:

Karen Women’s Organization – Thailand

Outer Voices – Sebastopol, CA

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees

The Thailand Burma Border Consortium – TBBC – Bangrak, Thailand

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) – Mae Sot, Thailand

Burma Issues /The Peace Way Foundation – Thailand

U.S. Campaign for Burma – Washington, DC

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  1. i heard of this war through the last rambo movie

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