Forced Labour and the DKBA in T'Nay Hsah Township, Pa'an District

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Forced Labour and the DKBA in T'Nay Hsah Township, Pa'an District

Published date:
Monday, February 21, 2005

Much of the fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has stopped in T'Nay Hsah township of Pa'an District, but this has not resulted in much improvement in the lives of the villagers in the area.  Instead, the DKBA and SPDC have been using the opportunity to strengthen their positions in the area.  DKBA and SPDC troops have been building and repairing roads and stocking up on rations and ammunition for a possible resumption of hostilities.  The labour needed for the roads and the portering has been provided local villagers under the orders of SPDC and DKBA officers.  The DKBA in the area has also been conscripting villagers into its ranks.