Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/21/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Remainders of six-decade long war still able to kill, maim the unwary

A ceasefire in southeastern Myanmar has failed to roust the deadly remainders of a six-decade long armed conflict. The 2012 agreement between ethnic Karen rebels and the government has yet to address the many remaining deadly landmines still found in the areas rice paddies and tree branches. Many continue to be killed or disabled for life after tangling with this hidden killers.

The 2012 agreement between ethnic Karen rebels and the government has yet to address the many remaining deadly landmines still found in the areas rice paddies and tree branches.

The 2012 agreement between ethnic Karen rebels and the government has yet to address the many remaining deadly landmines still found in the areas rice paddies and tree branches.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/21/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Myanmar, landmines, ceasefire


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I have seen many people who have been injured by landmines during my work," Mine risk educator Pah Dah says. He's spent the past six years traveling to remote villages in Karen State, providing villagers with the educational tools needed to avoid landmines.

Working for the Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People, remarks that "In conflict-affected communities there is almost no village without a landmine victim. In some villages, there are up to nine mine victims."

Light a virtual candle -- by going here!


Laid by ethnic armed groups, the Myanmar army and numerous militias during the struggle for Karen independence landmines remain commonplace along Myanmar's border with Thailand.

"The reality is very, very complex, and the Karen areas are particularly complex in terms of the number of different armed actors operating in those areas as well," Chris Rush, a senior program officer for Myanmar at Geneva Call says. Geneva Call is a non-governmental organization that works to bring non-state armed groups into line with humanitarian standards.

Geneva Calls signed a deed of commitment with the Karen National Union and its armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army, in which troops pledged to refrain from using child soldiers or sexual violence. The army, however has not signed Geneva Call's third plank calling for a prohibition of landmine use.

Rush added that the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, which was formed from a faction that split from the union in 1994 and sided with the government, has returned to fight alongside the union in 2010. The army has not signed any deeds of commitment with Geneva Call, and also has its own history of landmine usage.

Landmines and other ordinance hinder the ability of villagers to go about their daily routines, Pah Dah says.

"If there is a minefield close to the village, to their farms or on paths, villagers will be afraid to go to their farm, collect firewood, forage for food or tend their cattle," he said. "Villagers depend on these daily activities for their livelihood, so they face difficulties because of mines."

Getting to villages where he can present mine safety information to residents can be dangerous. "There are difficulties accessing some areas because of mines, but it is not impossible," he said. "Sometimes we cross through minefields to get to some villages, and with local knowledge we can access these places."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Jihad attacks Catholic priest and attempts to detonate suicide bomb during Sunday Mass Watch

Image of Catholic priest attacked by ISIS member (Lana Priatna/Barcroft Media).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An ISIS teen attempted to detonate his vest during Sunday Mass, where hundreds were present to worship. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Daily Mail, an 18-year-old Jihad attempted to detonate a homemade backpack during Mass.The bomb burned without ... continue reading


You'll never believe what this fisherman kept secret for a decade! Watch

Image of The fisherman kept his pearl a secret for ten years (Michele Falzone/JAI/Corbis).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A fisherman made an amazing discovery roughly ten years ago but rather than show it to the world, he secreted it away, not knowing it was worth up to $100 million. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An unnamed fisherman discovered a two-foot-long pearl weighing 34 kg ... continue reading


Catholic and Protestant bishops in the Philippines call out for justice Watch

Image of Filipino drug addicts and sellers pledge never to use or sell again.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Filipino Catholic and Protestant bishops are seeing a rise in drug-related killings and are asking the government's anti-narcotic campaign to step in. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic Herald, the Ecumenical Bishops Forum previously warned ... continue reading


'From a generation of drug addicts, shall we become a generation of street murderers?' - Philippine's Archbishop opens up about Filipino drug murders Watch

Image of A woman weeps over the body of her husband, who was killed in Manila (Czar Dancel/Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Philippines struggles with extrajudicial killings, leaving Philippine Catholic Church leaders uncertain. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "What I predicted is happening, and the Church is powerless to stop the killings," Father Amado Picardal, the head of the ... continue reading


Evidence of Biblical flood uncovered in China Watch

Image of More evidence of the Great Flood discovered in China.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists in China dated the bones of children who drowned around 2000 B.C., roughly the date of Noah and the Biblical flood. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The evidence revealed a possibility of the children perishing during the global flood God sent to cleanse ... continue reading


Horrific real gang rape videos sold on street corners Watch

Image of Tale as old as time: Men benefit from the brutalization of women.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Sexual crimes against women have increased in India and the criminals are financially benefiting from the video sales. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Gang rape videos lasting anywhere from 30-seonds to 5-minutes are being sold on the streets of India, according to ... continue reading


Investigators confirm debris from MH370, but plane may NEVER be found Watch

Image of Investigators remove the part from Tanzania.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A wing part is probably from missing MH370, Australian experts have said. The wing part was found in Tanzania earlier this year. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Australian officials now believe a piece of an airplane wing belongs to missing Malaysia Airlines ... continue reading


Crucified Christians: Site of slaughtered martyrs nominated to be World Heritage Site Watch

Image of The Oura church in Nagasaki was once the scene of Christian persecution in a time when Christianity was banned (Wikipedia).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Thousands of Christians were executed in Japan during a time when Christianity was illegal - but 250 years later, hundreds of "secret believers" were discovered, still praying with the Rosaries of their slain ancestors. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One of many ... continue reading


Exorcism performed on woman after 'creature from Philippine folklore' possesses her Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A video claiming to show a woman undergoing an exorcism after being possessed by "demon goblins" has made its way throughout social media. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Mirror, the footage, filmed in the Philippines, shows seven minutes of a young ... continue reading


President of the Philippines vows to kill 100k criminals: Man discovered with head wrapped in duct tape with sign reading 'I am a pusher' pinned to his chest (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Watch

Image of With the President's urging, vigilantes and officers have been murdering anyone linked to the illegal drug trade (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Controversial Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is living up to his vow of seeing 100,000 criminals killed in the Philippines. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Duterte was sworn into the presidency June 30th and already over 110 accused drug dealers were killed by ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 2:10-16
10 to us, though, God has given revelation through the Spirit, for the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14
8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger, full of faithful ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:31-37
31 He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught them on the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 30th, 2016 Image

St. Rumon
August 30: St. Rumon, also known as Ruan, Ronan, and Ruadan, ... Read More