A Land Without Evil
The gentle Karen, a tribe in Burma's eastern regions, call their country, "a land without evil." They number between four and five million, and have fought for half a century to keep their land and identity. Many—at least 40%—are Christians, and have suffered particularly harsh treatment.
Burma today, and Karen State in particular, is a land torn apart by evil. Burma is ruled by one of the world's most brutal regimes, which took power by force, ignored election results, and survives by creating a climate of fear. The military regime perpetrates crimes against humanity. It takes people for forced labour, uses villagers as human minesweepers, captures children and forces them to become soldiers, systematically rapes ethnic minority women, and burns down villages and crops. It has killed thousands, and stands accused of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Over a million people are displaced in the jungles, without food, shelter or medicine. 1,500 political prisoners remain behind bars.