Goats change lives in Burma
The Christian based human rights charity, Jubilee Action has launched an innovative new project aimed at significantly assisting hundreds of internally displaced Karen families inside Burma.
Working with their partner, Pastor Philip (whose name has been changed to protect his identity), Jubilee Action has established an agricultural and animal husbandry on a 100 acre piece of land just 1km from the Thai/Burma border. The plan is to breed around 270 goats every year on the land as well as harvesting corn, potatoes, pumpkins, soya beans, chilli and other fruit and vegetables.
Not only will this initiative provide a regular supply of milk and fresh food for 6 villages inside Burma with a population of 2000 people - it will also enable vital nutritional supplies to reach a childrenís school and one of the few hospitals across the border in Burma.
Mark Rowland, Jubilee Actionís Assistant Director said ëMany people will already know of the suffering endured by the internally displaced Karen people in Burma. The militaryís genocidal policies have forced men, women and children to hide in the jungles, and if caught, they are shot on sight. Just feeding their families and surviving from day to day is their biggest challenge. That is why we are delighted to have found a sustainable way of assisting them.í
There is dramatic evidence that this provision is an urgent need. When David Alton was recently in Burma, he returned with the compelling story of Naw Moo Dee Wah ñ an eight year old girl - who carried a bullet inside her after being shot by the Burmese military. For Naw Mooís uncle and four members of her family ñ it was already too late. They were killed in the same attack that injured her.
Two years ago Jubilee Action set up a fish farm inside Burma ñ but the camp was attacked by the military and the farm destroyed. This new project has been established in the Umpiang District of Thailand to protect it from marauding attacks from the Burmese junta. Sister organisation, Jubilee Campaign continues to work with many parliamentarians, like David Alton, to put pressure on the British Government to acknowledge that genocide, war crime and crimes against humanity are being inflicted by the Burmese military on the Karen, Karenni and Shan people.