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Burma Offensive Displaces 11,000 Ethnic Minority Civilians


Burma's military government has reportedly displaced more than 11,000 ethnic minority civilians in recent months.

The Free Burma Rangers, a relief group that works inside the impoverished country, said today that government attacks against the Karen minority have intensified since March. It says troops have burned villages and killed civilians in at least two ethnic Karen districts Nyaunglebin and Toungoo.

One of Burma's major ethnic groups, the Karen have been fighting for independence for more than 50 years. The rebels, who live in the east, began peace talks with the ruling junta in 2003 and reached a provisional truce, but sporadic fighting continues.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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