Burma's Karen resistance

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Karen National Liberation Army 6th brigade troops parade during Martyrs Day.

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    A young fighter from the 5th Brigade of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) stands at the group's temporary headquarters in Kayin State, Burma. The DKBA, which now fights alongside the Burma Army, was formed when Buddhists broke away from the Christian-dominated Karen National Union in the mid-1990s. Recently, however, the 5th Brigade has refused to join the Burmese Army's border guard, which has united the various Karen groups.

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    A DKBA 5th Brigade major walks through a destroyed village near the border with Thailand, inside of Karen State, Burma.

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    A Karen villager presents gifts to Karen National Liberation Army soldiers on Martyrs Day.

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    Saw Wizana, aka "Rambo", a famous monk within in the Karen community makes a speech on Martyr's Day. While the monks of the Safron Revolution staged non-violent protests, others such as Saw Wizana insist that violent resistance is the only viable strategy against the junta. He himself was a political prisoner for four years.

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    DKBA 5th Brigade soldiers in Karen State. The DKBA's 5th brigade has broke away from the rest of the DKBA, refusing to join the Burmese government's border guard ahead of elections. They have since joined forces with other Karen rebel groups, initiating a unity that has long been missing from the Karen opposition.

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    Karen National Liberation Army soldiers relax in their quarters. Even during down time the soldiers always keep their guns at the ready, constantly prepared against attack from the Burma Army.

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    A DKBA 5th Brigade soldier arrives at a temporary headquarters in Karen State.

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    Lucky Bridge in Karen State. The bridge is in the DKBA's 5th brigade area of control and is a particular point of pride for the people of the area. The DKBA's 5th brigade has built many pieces of infrastructure such as this bridge within the area of their control.

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    Colonel Mya Nerdah, son of legendary Karen rebel leader Bo Mya, stands at the Karen National Liberation Army 6th Brigade Martyr Day celebration.

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    Villagers fleeing from the oncoming fighting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and the Burma Army wait for night fall at the Thai Burma border. Once darkness comes the villages will cross over the river and remain in Thailand until it is safe to return.

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    Karen National Liberation Army soldiers participate in Martyrs Day celebrations as a crowd, including a land mine victim, watch.

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    Karen National Liberation Army rebel in the jungles of Burma, KNLA 6th Brigade territory.

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    Karen National Liberation Army 6th brigade troops parade during Martyrs Day.

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    Burmese military troops are seen on patrol within Karen State. The Burma Army will patrol the area held by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army but will not interfere with the rebel army.