Ethnic Karen in mountain regions are mostly rice farmers, such as this young girl. They are attacked by the Burmese Army in the fall right after the rice harvest so they cannot survive for the year. The harvests are burned and the land strewn with landmines.
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School children in native dress in Central Karen State. The Karen are the most modest in dress of all Burma’s ethnic groups. Simple smocks are woven by village women on hand looms – white and red smocks being the prevalent colors. These children attend a school in a small village that has since been overrun by the Burmese Army. Their status is unknown.
Karen villagers are defended only by a small force of a few thousand irregulars, who face 400,000 regulars from the Burmese Army. Karen soldiers have lost both family members and their community in their long resistance against Burmese oppression. They are in a “last stand” situation as Burmese armed forces try to surround them and finish them off in Northern Karen State.