The longest civil-war is raging in Burma since 1949, when the Karen took up arms again the central government, who denied them their autonomy.
Most ethnic minorities in Burma have taken up arms against the former military dictatorship. The government troops attack civilians and rape women in masses. Some humanitarian organisations even call this a genocide, because the ethnic people have not even been allowed to teach and learn their language and very often their culture is destroyed.
Even the newly established ceasefire treatment is getting violated by government troops, who still attack civilians and the ethnic freedom forces.
In every conflict, children are suffering the most from war and atrocities.
Karen children and KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army) soldiers.
Camouflaged soldiers of the Shan State Army (SSA) on a patrol.
A parade by Shan State Army (SSA) soldiers with the Shan national flag in front.
Mae La refugee settlement in Thailand nearby the town of Mae Sot. The settlement housed around
50,000 people, who fled the war and atrocities in Burma.
An Internally Displaced Person (IDP) with a wound at his leg in a temporary refugee-settlement. The settlement was shelled and
burned down by the Burmese Army one week after my visit.
Dr. Cynthia Maung, the founder of the Mao Tao Clinic in Mae Sot.
A sick child in the Mae Tao Clinic.
Soldiers of the Wa National Army (WNA) during a parade.
A Shan farmer, who stepped on a landmine, that was laid by the Burmese Army,
on his way to plow his field.
Karen soldier of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) on a patrol.
Shan State Army (SSA) soldiers during a training.