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Uprooted by War, Fearing Troops, Myanmar Girls Learn Karate

Every afternoon, dozens of teenage girls at the school for displaced children line up on the grounds, dressed in white uniforms with belts of various colors: yellow, blue, white. They kick high and jump with glee before settling into their exercises, shouting in Japanese as they punch into the air. The reason many of these girls are in this class is sobering: They want protection from their own country's military. Mostly between 13 and 16, they have lost their homes, and in some...

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