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Hpapun Photo Set: Stone collecting impacts agriculture in Bu Tho Township, January 2013

24th February 2014

This Photo Set shows 14 images of villagers collecting stones from the Meh Tee Loh River to be sold to a Burma government construction company. Such stones are typically used for constructing army camps and other buildings. The villagers collecting stones as their livelihood activity are not from Meh Klaw village tract, but are from a different area and include the children and wives of Tatmadaw soldiers. Meh Klaw villagers and a village head have reported to the KHRG community member that they oppose the stone mining because, without the large stones reinforcing the sides of the river, Meh Klaw villagers’ flat farm fields are likely to be flooded during monsoon season.

Photo Set | Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District (January 2013)

The following photos were taken by a community member in Hpapun District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. They are presented below, censored where necessary for security purposes.[1] The 14 photos below were received along with other information from Dooplaya District, including 50 other photos and a general update on the situation in Hpapun District.[2]

[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 writing situation updates, villagers are encouraged to summarise recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important, and present their opinions or perspective on abuse and other local dynamics in their area.

[2] This Photo Set was compiled by KHRG office staff and is based on information from a community member from Hpapun District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. 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. For additional reports categorized by Type, Issue, Location and Year, please see the Related Readings component following each report on KHRG’s redesigned Website.

[3] Information about these construction activities was also published in “Hpapun Situation Update: Bu Tho Township, November 2012 to January 2013,” May 2013.

[4] As of February 21st 2014, all conversion estimates for the Kyat in this report are based on the official market rate of 984 kyat to the US $1.


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