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Thai-Burma border radio to launch

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Dec 29, 2009 (DVB)-A daily one-hour radio programme will be aired by a local youth network on the Thai-Burma border, to educate and promote awareness on child rights, the group said.

Su Htet Lwin, youth development coordinator at the Mekong-Karen Youth Network (MKYN), said the FM radio programme which will be aired six days a week and will start on 1 January 2010, in Karen, Burmese and Thai languages.

"We leased one hour a day airtime from Thai radio station 99.75 MHZ and we specifically aim to educate on child rights and child migrant workers," said Su Htet Lwin.

"Our target [audience] is children and young adults and [for the start] we will host the programme ourselves," she said. "Later, we will bring in kids from [community] schools to let them host it."

She said the programme will feature in the Burmese language from Monday to Wednesday, Karen on Thursday and Friday, and Thai on Saturday.

The MKYN was formed in May 2009 under an ethnic youth development programme.

Reporting by Maung Too