Dooplaya Situation Update: Kawkareik Township and Kya In Township, April to June 201231st March 2014Field Reports
The first photo was taken on May 17th 2012, shows the former location of a DKBA base situated on the top of a mountain close to K'Law Ghaw village. On May 18th 2012, the community member met with a Wa--- villager called uncle Saw Ni--- and asked him about the landmine situation in the surrounding area. Saw Ni--- put the figure at 200 for the mountain in question and the surrounding area, including all the hills and cornfields surrounding K'Law Ghaw village. He explained that local villagers dare not go to collect wood for the building of houses or corn stores. The second and the third photo was taken on May 17th 2012, show red skull and cross bone signs, warning of the presence of two separate landmines. The photo on the left shows a sign which signals the presence of a landmine situated next to the tree where it hangs. The landmine, placed there by DKBA, Klo Htoo Baw Operation Command from battalion #907 was planted in the conflict between the DKBA and Tatmadaw in 2010. The landmine was strategically placed under the tree, which is situated near to the bank of a stream between the villages of K'Law Ghaw and Htee Ther Leh. As the tree provides very good shade, villagers have often used this spot to sit down and rest. Although the spot is over three miles from Htee Ther Leh village, it is situated only a few minutes from a nearby cornfield. The warning sign pictured in the photo (right) warns of a landmine which was planted under a tree by the DKBA, which is situated along a path between Saw Be---'s and other people's farms. In the past, the Burmese military travelled and rested under the tree. It is a concern for the owners of the farms because their children pasture their buffalo's and cows near the tree. The fourth and the fifth photo was taken on May 17th 2012, and show (left) a Christian Church in Ne--- village, Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District, and (right) the outhouse used by Church goers. According to the community member who took the photos, there are two landmines planted on the Church land. The landmines were planted by KNLA soldiers from Battalion #103 at the time of the last conflict between the DKBA and the Tatmadaw in 2010. According to the community member, one mine was planted directly outside the toilet. As he was worried for the school children who attend Sunday school at this Church, he asked the KNLA to remove the mine, which was not done. Outside of the front door to the toilet, a pile of foliage has been collected and placed there to cover where the landmine is situated, as it is yet to be removed. [Photos: KHRG]
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- Last update: 31 March 2014
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