Ongoing militarisation prevents Lu Thaw Township IDPs from returning home

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Ongoing militarisation prevents Lu Thaw Township IDPs from returning home

Published date:
Friday, February 28, 2014

Displaced villagers in Lu Thaw Township, Hpapun District submitted 16 complaint letters to KHRG, which explain that they are unable to return to their homes until the Tatmadaw bases in the area have been closed. Thousands of villagers were originally displaced during Tatmadaw offensives spanning 1997 to 2008; since then, many of these people have lived in make-shift, temporary housing in the jungle and mountainous areas with inadequate health and education facilities and without access to land on which they would grow food for daily consumption. Excerpts of six of the 16 complaint letters are presented as evidence below.

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[1]For background information on 1997 and 2005-2008 offensives and  displacement in Lu Thaw Township, see pages 22-29 in Self-protection under strain: Targeting of civilians and local responses in northern Karen State, KHRG, August 2010.