This first instalment of KHRG's Photo Gallery 2009 presents 123 still images and 1 short video that have been received from KHRG field researchers since the last instalment of Photo Gallery 2008 in February 2009. Many of these photos chronologically overlap with photos that were previously published in Photo Gallery 2008. They therefore include photos taken from July 2008 up to July 2009. All photos are presented here in roughly chronological order irrespective of subject matter and labelled with alphanumeric identification tags beginning with 'A' followed by a number. Images in subsequent instalments of Photo Gallery 2009 will be given labels starting with 'B', 'C' and so forth according to the order of their instalment. Some photos included here have also been presented in previous KHRG field reports and news bulletins. All photos are included with no thematic divisions. As more photos are added to the Photo Gallery in later instalments, all images will be incorporated within relevant thematic sections with the most recent photos also grouped together in a 'latest additions' section.
All photos included here are by KHRG except where otherwise noted.
Beginning in the first week of June 2009, DKBA and SPDC forces conducted joint attacks on a KNLA camp located in Dta Greh Township of Pa'an District. The KNLA camp was located adjacent to Ler Per Her camp for internally displaced people, which prior to the attacks had a population of over 1,200. Residents from the from the surrounding villages began leaving for Thailand at the start of June to avoid the fighting as well as expected forced labour carrying military supplies amidst the fighting. Subsequently, on June 5th the entire civilian population of Ler Per Her camp evacuated to Thailand to avoid the fighting. Joint SPDC/DKBA attacks on the KNLA continued until mid June, when the KNLA withdrew its forces from the camps and dispersed as small units into the surrounding forests.