Toungoo Photo Set: Ongoing militarisation and dam building consequences, March to April 2013

7th February 2014

This Photo Set shows images of the Tatmadaw transporting rations and weapons in March 2013, during the ceasefire period, in the Kaw Thay Der area in Tantabin Township. This report also describes the efforts by the Burma government and the Shwe Swun In Company to provide reparations to villagers after their lands and bridge were flooded by Toh Boh dam operations. The photos show the construction of a road, being built to serve as an alternative route to the bridge, however, area villagers explain that the road was built carelessly and is unsafe. The photos also show a barge provided by the company to transport villagers and their motorbikes across the area where the bridge previously stood. The community member also reported that some of the Tantabin Township villagers who lost their lands received monetary compensation from the company or were allotted agricultural fields and seeds, while many villagers remain uncompensated.


Photo Set | Tantabin Township, Toungoo District (March – April 2013)

The following photos were taken by a community member in Toungoo District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. They are presented below, censored where necessary for security purpose.[1] The 10 photos below were received along with other information from Toungoo District, including 218 other photos and 44 video clips.[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 Toungoo 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.