The Karen Liberation Army headquarters is situated in a remote, mountainous area of Burma close to the Thai border.
GV Exterior camp and flag (2 shots)
GV&SV Officer speaking to recruits (5 shots)
SV Soldiers marching out of village for training (3 shots)
GV&SV Soldiers spread out and lie down
SV Soldiers in communication centre (4 shots)
GV&MV Officer demonstrating use of firearms (7 shots)
GV Bunker with hospital in background
GV Village market (2 shots)
MV Children out of school (2 shots)
GV Children playing football
SV&GV Soldiers playing volleyball (2 shots)
SV Armed soldier on guard
GV Village bridge under construction (2 shots)
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Background: The Karen Liberation Army headquarters is situated in a remote, mountainous area of Burma close to the Thai border.
The Karen tribe have been fighting the central Government of Burma since the country was granted independence in 1948. Their rebellion is the largest and best organised of all the mini-wars in Burma - there are seven other groups also engaged in guerrilla activities.
The tribe is continuously recruiting volunteers for its rebel army. Recruitment is based on a camp equipped with a hospital and a school for 50 children. The 1,000- strong populations busy training the new recruits and defending the area from government troops.
There are an estimated 6 million Karen tribesmen in Burma. Despite the promulgation of a new constitution last year, granting them and other minority groups greater autonomy, they are still determined to continue their struggle.
The last major flare-up in Karen territory, which is rich in natural resources, was in March this year, During five days of fighting with government soldiers 3 members of the KNLA were killed and seven wounded. Since then it has been quiet, but the KNLA leader, Bo Mya, says that their activities have been limited due to a shortage of arms and ammunition.
SYNOPSIS: In a remote mountainous area a hundred, and twenty-five miles west of Rangoon the Karen tribesmen of Burma have established a camp which is the heads quarters of their Liberation Army. Karens have been fighting the central Government since Burma was granted independence on 1948 and their rebellion is the largest of all the mini-wars in the country. Seven other minority groups are also engaged in guerrilla activities.
The tribesman are continuously recruiting volunteers for their rebel army. The thousand-strong population of their camp is busy training new recruits and defending the area from government troops. The last major flare-up in Karen territory was in March this year. During five days of fighting three members of the Karen Liberation Army were killed and seven wounded. Eighty Government soldiers were reported wounded. The KNLA leader, Bo Mya, says that activities have been limited because of a shortage of arms and ammunition.
The Karen camp is equipped with a hospital and a school for fifty children. The area is rich in natural resource - gold , jade, teak, rubies and tin for example - and brisk trade across the nearby frontier with Thailand keeps the rebels supplied with the necessities of life.
But fears now exist that the new Thai Government will force the Karens to abandon their sanctuaries in Thailand... which will make the likelihood of a Karen Free State slim indeed.