Pa'an Interview: Naw G---, November 2011


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Pa'an Interview: Naw G---, November 2011

Published date:
Thursday, January 19, 2012

This report contains the full transcript of an interview conducted during November 2011 in Lu Pleh Township, Pa'an District by a villager trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. The villager interviewed Naw G---, a 40-year-old Buddhist hillfield farmer who described an incident in which her son-in-law, Saw A---, 36, was shot and killed by patrolling Tatmadaw soldiers from IB #230. Naw G--- explained that Saw A--- was cooking with KNLA soldiers in Naw G---'s house, when Tatmadaw soldiers entered P--- village. According to Naw G---, the soldiers fired at Saw A--- as he fled the house and the bullets hit the left side of his head, killing him instantly. A separate report of this incident written by the villager who conducted this interview, including 23 photos taken by the same villager, is available here. An interview with Naw G---'s son who was also present during the attack is available here.


[1] KHRG trains villagers in eastern Burma to document individual human rights abuses using a standardised reporting format; conduct interviews with other villagers; and write general updates on the situation in areas with which they are familiar. When conducting interviews, villagers are trained to use loose question guidelines, but also to encourage interviewees to speak freely about recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important and share their opinions or perspectives on abuse and other local dynamics.

[2] In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in eastern Burma, KHRG aims to make all field information received available on the KHRG website once it has been processed and translated, subject only to security considerations. As companion to this, a redesigned website will be released in 2012. In the meantime, KHRG's most recently-published field information from Pa'an District can be found in the report, "Pa'an Interview: Naw K---, September 2011," KHRG, January 2012.

[3] Note that later in this interview, Naw G--- says that there were seven Tatmadaw soldiers; this corresponds with an account provided by her son Saw C---, who was also present at the time of the attack. See "Pa'an Interview: Saw C---, October 2011," KHRG, December 2011.

[4] According to a KHRG researcher, this is carried out for practical hygiene reasons to clean the area and prevent disease, and also stems from an animist belief that accidental or unexpected death is the harbinger of bad luck in the village. It is believed that burning the area where blood fell will thwart bad luck and allow the spirit of the deceased to once again take human form.