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zReportage.com Story of the Week #382 - Launched August 16, 2011 - Full multimedia experience: audio, stills, text and or video: Go to http://www.zReportage.com to see more - Democracy was not to last long in Burma following independence from the British in 1948. A military junta soon took power, crushing any dissent. 5,000 rebel soldiers called the Karen National Liberation Army has spent nearly 60 years fighting the Burmese government. A poorly-equipped force from the Karen ethnic minority is pitched against 400,000 Burmese government soldiers, complete with AK-47s, tanks and jetfighter planes. Many of the once large array of ethnic rebel armies in Burma's north-east have given up the fight, signing peace deals with the military junta. The KNLA is increasingly alone - and is the largest of the groups remaining. Yet it is gradually being pushed back to the Thai border. But still the rebels fight on, determined to gain an autonomous Karen state and protect the roughly 500,000 Karen people, many who live in hiding, from abuses by the government. (Credit Image: © Narciso Contreras/zReportage.com/ZUMA)
zReportage.com Story of the Week #382 - Launched August 16, 2011 - Full multimedia experience: audio, stills, text and or video: Go to http://www.zReportage.com to see more - Democracy was not to last long in Burma following independence from the British in 1948. A military junta soon took power, crushing any dissent. 5,000 rebel soldiers called the Karen National Liberation Army has spent nearly 60 years fighting the Burmese government. A poorly-equipped force from the Karen ethnic minority...
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