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Kwe Ka Lu Team
The Kwe Ka Lu is a Karen language newspaper which provides news and commentary help to give awareness to the Karen people.
Why is the Kwe Ka Lu Important?
Information for Action is one of the three major objectives for Burma Issues. Through different projects. BI works to provide information to different groups: the international community, the Thai community, etc. As BI works at the grassroots level, however, one of the most important target groups are ethnic people themselves who are involved directly with the struggle for a true peace in Burma.
Kwe Ka Lu (KKL) is the first ever Karen language newspaper designed to help give the Karen people of Burma an awareness of the situations that are affecting them, with the hope that they can use this information to develop strategies to rebuild their communities and regain the dignity and power which people everywhere deserve.
KKL was also formed with the deal that literature shapes thinking. One example is that ways of thinking between English speakers and non-English speakers are different. Based on the Karen founder of BI's international and local experience, he believes that the promotion of Karen literature will help develop their analytical thinking.
Finally, the KKL is a faint and effective non-violent action against ethnic chauvinism which seeks to "burmanize" the Karen culture and language. While the Burmese government promotes the Burmese literature, ethnic literature is not allowed to be officially written in their own language. Language is a part of the most fundamental level of culture, retaining the Karen language and usage is essential to the preservation and development of Karen culture.
To produce news and information that is a tool for united empowerment among Karen people by increasing their awareness of local, regional and global issues and by encouraging them to express their views on issues affecting their lives.
Produce a monthly newspaper, maintain a regularly updated website, and produce videos which together:
· Deepen understanding of the political, social and economic systems which affect the lives of ethnic Karen and other ethnic groups in Burma and promote awareness of the causes of issues faced by ethnic groups in Burma.
· Inform grassroots Karen people of regional and international events and developments affecting them and make people aware of their rights.
· Raise awareness of international support for the ethnic people struggle in Burma.
· Strengthen ethnic media by supplying independents and balanced news and training grassroots Karen people to become journalistically aware.
· Encourage readers to unite amongst themselves and struggle for peace and justice in Burma.
· Act as a tool to strengthen reader’s literacy, analytical, and critical thinking skills to enable the Karen people to articulate their situation more clearly.
· Reach marginalized members of the Karen community, in particular women, youth and children by including articles and sections specifically targeted at them, such as the women’s corner, children’s and youth corner.
· Become a forum of communication for Karen families and communities separated by the conflict and to connect grassroots Karen with Karen people living in Thailand and through out the world.
The priority target group for KKL are the Karen people who have no access to any local, regional and global information because of a lack of mass media presence, or a lack of mass media in the Karen language. Since the people are a source of support for the Karen effort to end the long civil war, news concentrates on five objectives above, to help the people think more clearly about plans and strategies to build the society they want for the future. It is important for the Karen people to understand more about the civil war and the suffering of rural Karen people. Since Karen literature is disappearing because of ethnic chauvinism, KKL starts a process of trying to preserve the Karen arts and literature.
The second priority target groups are the Karen migrant and immigrant workers in Thailand, refugee camps and overseas Karen. These people already have access to the media. It is important to help these people to know the situation and suffering of their people and to help them to be involved and to support the struggle.
Contact Kwe Ka Lu:
Eh Na (Coordinator)
Nyah Hsa (Assistance)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org