FORCED RELOCATION IN THATON DISTRICT

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FORCED RELOCATION IN THATON DISTRICT

Published date:
Saturday, January 9, 1993

This ominous announcement makes it clear that the SLORC actually plans to forcibly relocate the majority of villagers throughout ethnic regions nationwide into what the villagers themselves call "concentration camps". This policy is right now being put into full swing in Karen State. On January 1, 1993, an initial group of 35 refugees from Thaton District arrived in the Manerplaw area after 3 days’ walk, having fled this very SLORC program. Their version of the situation differs markedly from the SLORC's. They tell of over 50 villages, comprising over 10,000 civilians, being ordered to move into fenced enclosures at SLORC Army camps under threat of being shot if they remain in their villages. They tell of armed guards, beatings, misery, and imminent starvation.