This photo, taken around 10:00 am on November 28th 2005 from a neighbouring ridge, shows Hee Dhaw Khaw village engulfed in flames after being torched by SPDC Army soldiers from Infantry Battalion (IB) #75. The fire raged for four hours. Some of the villagers watched their village go up in flames from this nearby ridge. [Photo: KHRG]
A group of villagers returned to Hee Daw Khaw village along with a KHRG researcher an hour after the SPDC Army soldiers departed and took these photos while some of the ruins were still smouldering. There was little left of the houses except charred posts and mangled tin roofing. [Photo: KHRG]
On December 3rd 2005, the villagers returned to Hee Daw Khaw to salvage what they could from the remains of what were once their homes. Very little survived the fire, so these villagers must now rebuild their lives from scratch. Some of the men managed to recover some of the mangled tin roofing which they will use to rebuild their homes. Others, such as this woman found a small pot that survived the fire. [Photo: KHRG; kindly disregard the incorrect date stamped on the photo]
Grandmother Naw K--, 65 [on right], is one of the villagers from Hee Daw Khaw whose home was destroyed. She is shown here hiding in the forest on November 28th along with her extended family, who were already building a temporary shelter. She told KHRG that the children had already been suffering from the cold at night because they had no blankets with them. [Photo: KHRG]
This photo shows the sight that the villagers were greeted with upon returning to Hee Daw Khaw village on December 3rd 2005 to see what they were able to salvage. In the photo you can see two buckled blades for a two-person tree saw, mangled storage tins, and the destroyed workings for a pedal-operated table sewing machine in the background. [Photo: KHRG; kindly disregard the incorrect date stamped on the photo]
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