Recently Received SLORC Orders to Karen Villages

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Published date:
Wednesday, July 14, 1993

Following are the direct English translations of several SLORC orders which have been sent to Karen Villages over the past few months. Photocopies of the orders themselves are available upon request. When reading the orders, keep in mind that several defenceless villages have already been shelled with mortar fire for failing to comply with orders such as these.

Following are the direct English translations of several SLORC orders which have been sent to Karen Villages over the past few months. Photocopies of the orders themselves are available upon request. When reading the orders, keep in mind that several defenceless villages have already been shelled with mortar fire for failing to comply with orders such as these.

Please feel free to us this information in any way which can help free the villagers from such abuse; however, PLEASE KEEP THE NAMES OF THE VILLAGES IN THE ORDERS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. OTHERWISE, THE SLORC MAY ACCUSE THE VILLAGES OF "CONTACT WITH REBELS" AND SUMMARILY DESTROY THEM AND EXECUTE THEIR OCCUPANTS.

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Order #1
(Handwritten and stamped)

To: Village head

1)  We hereby inform you to send us a list of rebels and their families by tomorrow, 28/4/93, at 9 a.m. Send it on time.

2)  Their families have one month to persuade them to surrender to us. If they won’t, we will take severe action and put both of them and their families in jail.

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Order #2
(Handwritten and stamped)

Stamped:

31/3/93

Baw Kyaw Lay

#83 Battalion
#3 Company

To: Chairman,
S------ village

Subject: To send carts

Regarding the above subject, send a cart from S------ to our operation at Baw Kyaw Lay. We will use it for operations. Send it today, 31/3/93, at the latest.

* This order comes from Strategic Command *

[Sd.]
Company Commander
#3 Company, 83 Battalion.

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Order #3

(Small, stamped and handwritten)

Stamped:

13/1/93

78 Infantry Battalion                                                                                                               
#5 Company

To: S-------- Village (headman)

As soon as you get this order, send one man from each family to Ka Daing Dtee Army camp.

 [illegible signature]
Ka Daing Dtee Army camp

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Order #4

(Stamped and handwritten)

Stamped:                                                                                                            

30/3/93

Village Law & Order Restoration Council
Ka Daing Dtee Village, Papun Township

To: Village Head

Collect the family registrations for 1993 and send them by April 5, 1993.

Note:  This order comes from 99 Division.  Do it without fail.

[Sd.]
Member, Village LORC
Ka Daing Dtee Village, Papun Township

[Written on the back of order:] Format of registrations:
Father’s ID#, Occupation, Nationality; Dependents' Name, Ages, How Related

 

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Order #5

(Stamped and handwritten)

Stamped:

8/3/93
Village Law & Order Restoration Council
Ka Daing Dtee, Papun Township

To: Village Head

Send on man with a machete from each family to clear the vegetation along the roadsides. You have to work together with N---- village, so gather at N---- village.

Note: You must start on 9/3/93 at 6 a.m. After you gather, inform Ka Daing Dtee Army camp.

[Sd.]
Secretary
VLORC, Ka Daing Dtee, Papun Township

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Order #6

(Typed)

Stamped:                                                                                              
Date: 1993 April 2

Letter # 002/7 KDD                                                                                                           
Village Group SLORC                                                                                   
Ka Daing Dtee Village                                                                                
Papun Township

                                                                                     
To: Chairman, M----- village
Subject: Supplying Labour

We need emergency labour. Therefore, send 5 porters from your village. Make sure they arrive on 2/4/93 at 2 p.m., on time.

Note: Comply without fail. If you fail for any reason, we the village SLORC will not take responsibility for the consequences.

[Sd.]
Member, Village SLORC
Ka Daing Dtee Village
Papun Township

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Order #7

(Typed)

Stamped:    

Date [left blank]                                                                                      
Letter # 002/7 KDD                                                                                                     
Village Group SLORC                                                                                  
Ka Daing Dtee Village                                                                                  
Papun Township                                                                                       

To: Chairman, N----- and M------- village
Subject: Supplying Labour

We need emergency labour. Therefore, send 10 porters from your village. Make sure they arrive on 28/1/93 at midday 1 p.m., on time.

Note: Comply without fail. We will send them back after 1 day. 

[Stamped:]
No. 317 Infantry                   
No. 4 Company                     

We will only use for 1 day so send  them without fail.

[Sd.]
2nd Lieutenant
#4 Company, 317 Infantry

[Sd.]
Secretary

Village Group LORC
Ka Daing Dtee Village
Papun Township

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Order #8

(Handwritten)

Stamped:    

8/4/93

Village Group LORC
Ka Daing Dtee Village
Papun Township

To: Village headman

We need leaf roof sheets from your village for 99 Division, Ka Daing Dtee Army camp. Therefore send 400 sheets of leaf roofing on 14/4/93 at 10 a.m., on time.

Note: Send it without fail.

[Sd.]
Member, Village SLORC

Ka Daing Dtee Village
Papun Township

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Order #9

(Typed)

Stamped:   

Date 1993 March 7                                                                                            
Letter # 002/7 KDD                                                                                                                 
Village Group SLORC                                                                                      
Ka Daing Dtee Village                                                                                     
Papun Township                                                                                         

To: Chairman, M------- village
Subject: Supplying Labour

We need emergency (cart) labour. Therefore, send 1 cart from your village. Make sure it arrives on 8/3/93 at 12 o’clock, on time.

Note: Comply without fail. [Typed]
        Comply without fail. [Handwritten]

[Sd.]
Secretary
Village Group LORC
Ka Daing Dtee Village
Papun Township

[Note: Orders #6, 7 and 9 are written on a standard form letter. This explains the strange wording of this last order for a cart, because the form letter is usually used for demanding porters.]