Burma's silent war
“ When I was a child my father used to tell me that the war is all what he remembered throughout his life, so as his father before. The same thing my son is hearing from me every day. I joined freedom fighters to fight that one day my son does not need to tell to his son same story I’ve heard from my father” - Senahu, KNLA rebel.
Conflict between Burmese authorities and the Karen National Union (KNU) military wing Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) has lasted over six decades and claimed lives of tens of thousands people. The KNLA are calling for an independent state. More than two million ethic Karen live in refugee camps scattered along the 1,200 mile Thai-Burma border mainly in "no-man's-land". In january 2009 the Karen struggle entered its 60th year since the fighting began making this the longest war for independence in the world.