Dooplaya Photo Set: Road construction and expansion results in destruction of villagers’ plantations in Kyonedoe and Kyainseikgyi townships, December 2014 to July 2015

Published date:
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

This Photo Set illustrates road construction and expansion taking place in Kyainseikgyi and Kyonedoe townships, Dooplaya District between December 2014 and July 2015. These projects, managed by Khin Zaw Company, as well as another unknown company that has been subcontracted by the Burma/Myanmar government, destroyed villagers’ betel nut and rubber plantations. The affected villagers have not yet received any compensation for their losses.

Photo Set | Kyonedoe and Kyaiseikgyi Townships, Dooplaya District (December 2014 to July 2015)

The following photos were taken by a community member in Dooplaya District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. They are presented below, censored where necessary for security purposes.[1] The ten photos below were received along with other information from Dooplaya District, including 405 other photos, eight video clips, and a general update on the situation in Dooplaya District.[2]



[1] KHRG trains villagers in southeast Burma/Myanmar 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 Dooplaya District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor local human rights conditions. In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in southeast Burma/Myanmar, 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 categorised by Type, Issue, Location and Year, please see the Related Readings component following each report on KHRG’s redesigned Website.

[3] In Burmese, ‘betel nut’ and ‘betel leaf’ are referred to as konywet and konthih, respectively, as if they are from the same plant. The Burmese names are also commonly used by Karen language speakers. Betel nut is the seed from an areca palm tree, Areca catechu; "betel leaf" is the leaf of the piper betel vine, belonging to the Piperaceae family.