STATEMENTS BY INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

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STATEMENTS BY INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

Published date:
Wednesday, April 28, 1993

The following statements have been transcribed from recorded interviews with internally displaced Karen civilians. The interviews were conducted in the Karen language in March 1993, in villages inside Burma which are temporarily safe from Burmese troops. The villagers are from areas under SLORC control in Thaton District, but recently had to flee due to the unilateral and unprovoked wave of atrocities against civilians which SLORC troops are currently committing in the area. This campaign appears to be aimed at cutting off all possible contact between the Karen population in the area and Karen resistance forces, as well as terrorising the civilian population into complete submission, establishing a captive relocated population for use as slaves and porters, and clearing entire areas as "free fire" zones. All of these could be preparatory moves for an upcoming full-scale offensive on Karen areas near Manerplaw, to the east.