Agam's Gecko
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Shan villagers
Shan villagers protest Burma's military government in eastern Burma near the Thai border, Sept. 25, 2007.
Photo: Free Burma Rangers

he minority nationalities of Burma have had a long and gruelling history at the hands of the tyrants. Many thousands of them have resided in refugee camps on the Thai side of the border for decades, victims of constant attacks by the Burma Army. Forced relocations, forced labour, the burning of their villages and planting of minefields by the army have forced tens of thousands of Shan and Karen people to trek through thickly forested mountains to seek safety -- constantly vulnerable to ambush by junta soldiers. This photo was released by the Free Burma Rangers.
The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement. They bring help, hope and love to people in the war zones of Burma. Ethnic pro-democracy groups send teams to be trained, supplied and sent into the areas under attack to provide emergency assistance and human rights documentation. Together with other groups, the teams work to serve people in need.
Witness, an organisation fighting human rights violations by use of video and online technology, produced a video documentation of the junta's war against the Karen and Shan peoples of eastern Burma in collaboration with Burma Issues, a foundation based in Bangkok. Here is a short clip from "Shoot on Sight." Wai Sam at Witness for this:

Satellite photography is helping to document the humanitarian crimes, providing possible evidence for prosecution of those who are responsible at some time in the future.


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