"The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." Deuteronomy 28:8

This is our land

A brief review on Nargis Cyclone on the 3rd of May, 2008… Nargis Cyclone hit the Delta region of Irrawaddy division with a force of 120 miles per hour. The Karens were the first settlers of this land and had lived in this region generation after generation for over 2,000 years. They built villages and towns and considered this land their country and adhered to it ever since. Most are farmers and fishermen, some work in civil service like exert education and social department. They talk less, work hard and contribute their best effort to the progress and stability of their nation. They had been subjected in the past to many rulers so they remained less attention to whoever ruled them if they are granted a handful of freedom to care for their land. They rarely complained and were used to silent suffering. No one spoke for them.

The region once had been the rice bowl of the country. But, in a twinkling of an eye, the Nargis Cyclone changed everything. Human’s death toll reached over 100,000; all the cattle and buffaloes which had been the essential tools for primitive farming were destroyed. 100% of the residential area devastated. Nearly 2 million people became refugees. The karenvoice.net extended its deepest sorrow to all the cyclone victims of the country and hope that rescue will reach them as soon as possible. As the organ of the Karen people, the karenvoice.net wishes to express the feeling of Karens in this disaster. The hardest hit areas were mostly Karen towns and villages and we can know that the Karens suffered the most from this tragic event. An estimation of over 50,000 Karens died and among them were over 20,000 Karen Christians. Many churches along with their whole congregation and pastors lost and destroyed. There were about 20 Reverends died in this catastrophe. It had been an untold tragedy for all the Karens living around the world.

The karenvoice.net would like to pay respect and honor with a few words to the Karens who died and had been destroyed by the cyclone…

“My dear fellow Karens, your untimely death and lost were not left in vain and forgotten. You showed to the world very clear evidence that you possessed this land and were always ready to sacrifice your soul and body so that very soon a complete Karen nation will be established here. Your death and lost heralded a sound message to all Karens scattered around the world to remind them who they are… It awakened them to unite and join hands in their respective niche and corner to exert their best effort in this noble cause. One day, on this sacred ground where untold number of Karen lives had been sacrificed, the bell of history will ring out your silent agony into a sweet melody ‘...This is our land…’ to the whole world. May your souls rest in peace...! Thank you very much.”

It really takes some time to be healed and rebuilt...