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Christmas Eve to be a Silent Night in Kachin State

The Irrawaddy
12/23/2011

Burma’s ethnic Kachin community, which is 90 percent Christian, traditionally celebrates Christmas complete with decorations, caroling and church worship. But due to the ongoing armed hostilities in their region of northern Burma, this year’s holiday celebrations will range from low-key to non-existent.

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Coercion Continues under New Govt in Chin State

Chinland Guardian
12/23/2011

23 December 2011: Chin locals in small villages are still suffering from various forms of coercive measures committed by authorities and Burma Army soldiers on patrol, the Chin Human Rights Organization's sources disclosed.

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Kachin army approached for fresh talks

Democratic Voice of Burma
12/20/2011

A newly-formed government committee has requested the resumption of talks with the warring Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in a bid to negotiate an end to often brutal fighting in Burma’s northern state. A letter was sent to the rebel group on Friday last week, according to deputy commander-in-chief of the KIA, Gun Maw.

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Kachin refugees in Myanmar get UN relief

Al Jazeera
12/19/2011

Bangkok, Thailand - Six months after fighting erupted between troops from Myanmar (also known as Burma) and ethnic Kachin separatists, international relief is finally trickling in for over 30,000 people who fled their homes near the snow-capped mountains north of the country. The United Nations-led relief effort began distributing "essential household items" on December 13 in Laiza, a town deep in the mountainous terrain under the control of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

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Burma's military junta accused of torturing and killing ethnic rebels

The Guardian
12/18/2011

The villagers scattered as machine guns raked the darkness, fleeing from the Burmese troops into the thick of the jungle. When day came they crept from their hiding places to find each other.

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