Karenni National People's Liberation Front
|Karenni National People's Liberation Front|
ကရင်နီလူမျိုးပေါင်းစုံ ပြည်သူ့လွတ်မြောက်ရေးတပ်ဦးParticipant in the Internal conflict in Myanmar
Flag of the Karenni National People's Liberation Front
|Area of operations||Kayah State|
|Originated as||Karenni Army|
|Battles and war(s)||Internal conflict in Myanmar|
The Karenni National People's Liberation Front (Burmese: ကရင်နီလူမျိုးပေါင်းစုံ ပြည်သူ့လွတ်မြောက်ရေးတပ်ဦး; abbreviated KNPLF) was an insurgent group that was active in Kayah State, Myanmar (Burma). It became a border guard force on 8 November 2009.
In 1978, a group of communist fighters split from the Karenni Army due to ideological differences, and founded the Karenni National People's Liberation Front (KNPLF). The KNPLF maintained close ties with the Communist Party of Burma (CPB), receiving training, supplies, and armed support from the group until their armed wing's dissolution in 1989.
In 1989, a ceasefire deal was negotiated between the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) and the KNPLF, which was finalised in 1994. The group had since helped government soldiers combat other armed insurgent groups, most notably the Karenni Army, and on 8 November 2009, the group agreed to transform into a "border guard force".
I was watching the video [in the cinema], and he [the recruiter] sat and talked to me. He said if I joined I'd be happy and get a salary and uniform. I don't remember his name but he was from KNPLF. I agreed to join. He spoke to many people in the cinema, one by one, 20 or 25 people, adults, women, boys. About six people went with him. The older ones were 16 or 17, the younger ones 11, 12 or 13. I went home but didn't tell my mother, then I went with him.
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- "Child Soldiers in Non-State Armed Groups".
- Human Rights Watch interview with Koo Reh, July 2007
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