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Japan's gamble to help Myanmar's peace process

Donor resettlement project aims to support cease-fire

​Former ​Karen ​refugee Ma Zar Zar moved ​early this year with her family ​into one of the ​Japanese-built ​resettlement houses in Lay Kay Kaw village, Kayin Stat​e; ​​she was glad to return but ​is ​struggling to earn income​,​with ​few job ​options ​near ​the resettlement site​. ​(Photo by Laignee Barron)

KAYIN STATE, Myanmar -- As clashes between ethnic insurgents and military forces in northern Myanmar continue, a Japanese-funded venture is endeavoring to help fortify the peace process between two of the oldest foes in the country's 70-year conflict-- the Karen National Union and the military.

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