Photographer's Note

The Karens feel particularly persecuted after several decades of widespread abuse by military forces of the Burmese government. The consistent pattern of human rights violations includes forced labor as road and railway builders, army equipment porters and human minesweepers.

Destruction of entire villages, torture of civilians suspected of rebel sympathies, massacres and executions without trial. Government military abuse of Karen women, particularly rape of village girls by troops, is common. This is why many Kayans have become refugees in Thailand.

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Additional Photos by Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1391 W: 152 N: 6235] (31566)
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