Karen Refugees from Burma in the US: an Overview for Torture Treatment Programs

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This webinar, from 8/17/2011, features Eh Taw Dwe and Tonya Cook of the Karen Organization of Minnesota.

This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

This webinar is meant to provide clinicians and health care workers with a base of knowledge in working with the Karen people from Burma. The presenters describe the history of the Karen and the Burma, as well as the torture and abuse they are likely to have faced in their homes, and/or refugee camps. Ms. Cook notes the importance placed on religion in the Karen community, affecting all aspects of life. When using an interpreter, it is important to understand the stigmas and associations placed on certain illnesses, especially mental illnesses.

Websites and articles referenced in the presentation

"The Karen people: Culture, Faith and History."

"Should it be Burma or Myanmar?"

Center for Applied Linguistics Backgrounder on Refugees from Burma

Karen National Union website

'Naypyidaw Orders New "Four Cuts" Campaign'

Thailand Burma Border Consortium

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