KC Ortiz from Burma, a special to GlobalPostJuxtapoz // Friday, 05 Nov 2010
KC Ortiz is in Burma, reporting on what's been called the world's longest-running war, the Karen resistance. Most of us don't have a lot of information about what is going on, but KC's artistic documentary shots, which were published with the GlobalPost, have been providing the world proper journalistic photography that leads to more insight on the war.
KC and Known Gallery sent us a full breakdown of the situation.
What's going on: The Karen ethnic group, which makes up about 7 percent of the total Burmese population, and a guerrilla army of Karens has been fighting since 1949 for independence from Burma.
Background: In World War II, many Karen fought alongside the British army against the invading Japanese. The 7 million Karen were promised their own state by the British but when independence came in 1948 the promise was forgotten. A year later, in January 1949, the Karen began the armed struggle that has continued ever since.
Why it matters: As Burma briefly enters the world's spotlight in the leadup to the election on Sunday, the majority of outsiders tend to think of Aun San Suu Kyi as the face of opposition. The Karen resistance and other ethnic armies often remain overlooked, yet they are among the greatest current threats to the Burmese junta.