Old Palaung woman with children in village near Keng Tung

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The Palaung are a Mon–Khmer ethnic minority found in in Shan State, Burma., Yunnan province of China and northern Thailand.

They live mainly in the northern parts of Shan State in the Palaung Self-Administered Zone, with the capital at Namhsan. There are three main subgroups of Palaung: the Palé, Shwe and Rumai. The Pa Laung State Liberation Army was a rebel group which fought against the Burmese government starting from January 1963 but entered a cease-fire agreement with the Burmese government in April 1991.

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  • Uploaded on September 4, 2011
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    by Paolo Grassi