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Ethnic Community Development Forum (Burma)

Karen Office of Relief and Development (KORD)


The Karen Office of Relief and Development was formed in 1993in response to the major offensive by the military junta against the Karen people. This offensive resulted in human rights violations including forced labor, extra-judicial killing, land confiscation, and rape. The military has also used the exploitation of natural resources to control rural areas. These violations continue to this day.

The organization's objectives are to improve the living conditions of Karen people everywhere and to promote lasting peace and prosperity. KORD focuses on providing relief to help local people in conflict areas facing food shortages. It also engages in collaborative development projects to empower communities to grow. In this way it hopes to provide a grassroots alternative to the government's exclusionary economic policies in Karen State. 

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