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August 17, 2011

UNHCR Addresses 60th Anniversary of Refugee Resettlement in the US


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees held its first congress in Washington DC to address the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention. The attendees include refugees from around the world who have resettled in the United States, including refugees from Burma, Sudan and Somalia.

 

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Burmese Army May Have Attacked Shan State With Use Of Chemical Weapons


The internal conflict in Burma between the government and the ethnics has existed for a long time. Recently, a new battle commenced between the Burmese military and the Shan State Army (one of the ethnic armies of Burma). According to Shan sources, the Burmese army and the SSA are fighting for the control of the intersection that connects northern and southern Shan state, and chemical bombs were launched in the area. It is important to note that there is no real third party verification that the bombs were launched by the Burmese Army, however, Jaden McNeely of Global Refuge International stayed in the region for about 3 months, and tells VOA about his findings.

 

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Child Soldier


The recruitment of child soldiers in Burma is unique and complicated because young soldiers work for both government and opposition armies. Young boys in the country are likely to be captured and become victims of forced recruitment. Hein Min Aung, was only 14 years old when he was conscripted into Burma’s military. Now, at 26 years old, he comes to the US to give his statement to Congress urging the international community to end the recruitment of child soldiers worldwide. He later sits down with VOA to talk about his experience as a former child soldier.

 

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