Karen people have experienced so much oppression and suffering that it has damaged our self esteem and our identity. When we leave our homes we are afraid to wear our traditional clothes and speak our language.
The Karen Student Network Group (KSNG) runs many programs for its 5,000 members. We work with Karen students in the refugee camps, inside Burma and around the world.
This woman is Thai-Karen. She was born in Thailand but she doesn't have as many rights because she is an ethnic minority. She came to the refugee camp because it is the only place where she can see a doctor.
When children get lice their parents shave their heads. Unfortunately it happens a lot. This boy wanted to keep a little hair. It's a new style.
Our flag represents dignity for all Karen people. Red is for bravery, white is for purity and blue is for loyalty. In the corner there is a "Klo," a sacred Karen drum. We use this drum on special occasions like weddings, New Year's Day and funerals. The Klo is made of metal, tin or gold and only the community leaders strike it.