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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Civil War in Burma, next on News Radio

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 than1 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. Their story, next week on Greener.

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