Nyaunglebin Interview: U A---, January 2016


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Nyaunglebin Interview: U A---, January 2016

Published date:
Thursday, September 8, 2016

This Interview with U A--- describes events occurring near the former Ka Law Myaung gold mining area, Kyaukkyi Township, Nyaunglebin District, in January 2016, including injury by landmine and livelihood conditions in the village. He describes how Saw B----, 27 years old, and his friend Saw C--- went out for hunting wild animals for their livelihood near Ka Law Myaung area where a former gold mining is located. They saw a sign for the restricted area but they ignored it and entered the area. On their second time in the restricted area, Saw B---was hit by a landmine and hospitalised.


[1] KHRG trains community members in southeastern 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 conducting interviews, community members are trained to use loose question guidelines, but also to encourage interviewees to speak freely about recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important and share their opinions or perspectives on abuse and other local dynamics.

[2] In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in southeastern 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 website.

[3] U is a Burmese title used for elder men, used before their name.

[4] In Burma/Myanmar, the scorched earth policy of 'pyat lay pyat', literally 'cut the four cuts', was a counter-insurgency strategy employed by the Tatmadaw as early as the 1950's, and officially adopted in the mid-1960's, aiming to destroy links between insurgents and sources of funding, supplies, intelligence, and recruits from local villages. See Martin Smith. Burma: Insurgency and the Politics of Ethnicity, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999 pp. 258-262.