Deadly Soil: Burma’s Enduring Landmine Tragedy, Blacktown, 11 June 2011

Article written by a member of the Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People which iInterviews a member of the CIDKP Mine Risk Education program, who says, “We teach villagers how to identify mines, tell them not to touch them or go near them, make warning signs and fence the area if they can. We also teach first aid and make casts of amputees’ limbs so we can make prosthetics to give them when we return.” He notes that villagers are at risk of landmines laid by both the Burmese army and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).
The article quotes Karen National Union Vice President Saw David Thakabaw saying, “If the Burma army stopped attacking our people … the KNU would not use mines.”