Karate Against Rape – level 3

09-01-2017 15:00

Myanmar’s long-running ethnic war has seen many people killed, displaced and raped. Rape is something that the Myanmar Army has been using as a weapon in its conflicts with ethnic armies, although it consistently denies this.

Fighting in remote Kachin State flared again in recent months, prompting renewed fears for the safety of the civilians there. To help protect women from rape, a community-based Kachin organisation arranged karate lessons at a camp for the internally displaced. The instructor drills the young students, who have lost their homes and families, every afternoon.

Difficult words: ethnic (a type of person from a specific place), deny (say something is not true), flare (become intense or violent), internally displaced (someone who is forced to flee his or her home but who remains within his or her country’s borders).

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