Pa'an District: Food Security in Crisis for Civilians in Rural Areas

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Pa'an District: Food Security in Crisis for Civilians in Rural Areas

Published date:
Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Villagers in eastern Pa'an District, part of central Karen State which borders on Thailand , are facing serious problems with food and livelihood security, leading to food shortages and lack of money for health and other expenses.  The causes are ongoing forced labour and extortion demands by State Peace & Development Council (SPDC) and Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) authorities, SPDC orders for farmers to produce crops in dry season, and encroachment on villagers' land and villages to establish camps and farmfields for SPDC Army units.