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Karen tribe (Myanmar)

Republic of Kawtholei

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Karen

Flag of Karen people, Myanmar by Jaume Ollé

The national flag of Karen (Republic of Kawtholei) according Franciae Vexilla #20/66, December 2000, by J. Renault & H. Calvarin.
Jaume Ollé, 25 January 2001


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[Note: Several of the flags below come from and article in Franciae Vexilla, and are of questionable reliability. Sources are: 'personal documentation, M.Corbic's archives, J. Ollé's archives, various plates on non-independent peoples. Most flags shown beside a map of Myanmar are not really described, and individual sources for each of them are not shown.]

Karen People

The Karen National Union (KNU) has 6000 fighters and the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO) has 2000 fighters, 90% Karen (2% Shan, 2% Mon, 6% others). The Karen people number 2,000,000.
Jaume Ollé
, 15 September 1996

Variants of the flag

Flag of Karen people, Myanmar by Jaume Ollé

The design with a drum is attributed to the KNU (Karen National Union).
Jaume Ollé, 25 January 2001

Flag of Karen people, Myanmar by Jaume Ollé

Flag of Karen people, Myanmar by Jaume Ollé

Possible Political Party flag

Flag of the Karen people, Myanmar Than-Tam Le, 09 June 1999

This flag was reported in a letter from George Pasch to Thanh-Tam Le dating from May 1982 as coming from "a review of Burmese flags published in 1975." It is described as a Karen flag, which would be either a flag of the Kayah state or a political party.
Than-Tam Le 09 June 1999

Karen Military Unit

Flag of Karen people, Myanmar by Jaume Ollé

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