The photos above were taken on April 6th 2015 in R--- village, Htee Th’Daw Hta village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. The first photo shows Saw A---’s wife, Naw E---. She reported that her husband was shot on March 15th 2015 around 7 pm. The incident occurred in F--- place. On the same night, the villagers and village head gathered together and sent the victim to the Hpa-an Hospital. Saw A--- passed away on March 17th 2015. After he passed away, the doctor performed an autopsy on his body and discovered that his internal organs had been torn by the bullets. He was buried in the Hkaw Taw Town graveyard. The second photo is of a video that was taken by his wife. It shows that his body was disfigured as a result of being hit by several bullets and the subsequent medical treatment and autopsy. [Photos: KHRG]
This photo was taken by a KHRG community member on October 15th 2015, in H--- village, Kyaw Pah village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. The photo shows U B------ who was hit with by Tatmadaw soldiers from LID #22 with their gun muzzles on September 30th 2015, after the KNLA soldiers opened fire at them. [Photo: KHRG]
The photos above were taken by a KHRG community member on October 12th 2015 at B--- village’s boat’s port in Kyaw Pah village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. The photos show how B--- villagers went to the Yuzalin River bank carrying their luggage and children while they were going to Myaing Gyi Ngu Town by motorboat to evade the Karen National Liberation Army [KNLA]’s recruitment. On October 10th 2015, the KNLA’s Company #4 Company Commander Hsa Yoo went to the village and held a meeting with villagers regarding the recruitment. In the meeting he explained to villagers about the detailed information and the purpose of the KNLA recruitment. Then, he told villagers who remained in the village not to go to Myaing Gyi Ngu Town anymore and also to inform others who had fled to return. He told villagers, “We [KNLA] are not recruiting soldiers anymore. So, do not flee like this anymore. Live as you did before. Ask and inform villagers who already fled to return and we will not do anything to them. They can live as they did before.” Even though Commander Hsa Yoo told villagers like this it seems that villagers did not inform other villagers or ask others to return to their homes. Moreover, more villagers were still fleeing: these photos were taken two days later after Commander Hsa Yoo held a meeting with villagers. The photos depict villagers continuing to resettle to Myaing Gyi Ngu Town. Some of them, even though they have small children, were also fleeing. According to the KHRG community member, there might also have been some rumours from other groups that persuaded or scared the villagers in some way to flee, causing this ongoing problem. [Photos: KHRG]
The above photo was taken on June 6th 2015 at 5:26 pm in Hpapun Ka Tin Ta Ya Hospital, Hpapun Town, in Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. The picture shows Saw Y---, 40 years old, who lives in X--- village, Hkaw Poo village tract, Hpapun District. He was hospitalised after stepping on a landmine while out hunting between Y--- forest and Z--- forest. [Photo: KHRG]
The first photo was taken by a KHRG community member on July 12th 2015 at Whay Mon village, in Meh K’Law village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. The photos show the road that Hpapun District administrator U Aung Hsan Oo and Township administrator U Aung Than Zaw are repairing in between Whay Mon and Whay Hsan village for the purpose of making Whay Mon village as the role-model village in the area. According to the Whay Mon villagers, some villagers’ lands were confiscated and some houses had to relocate. [Photos: KHRG]
The first photo was taken by a KHRG community member on October 11th 2015 at G--- village in Kyaw Pah village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. It is the photo of students who were studying at the primary school in G--- village. There were two female schoolteachers and 36 students in the 2015 academic year. When villagers fled to Myaing Gyi Ngu Town they were bringing their children with them. Therefore, nine students followed their parents to Myaing Gyi Ngu Town. The second photo was taken on October 12th 2015 at A--- village in Kyaw Pah village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. It is a photo of the primary school in A--- village. Starting in August 2015, because villagers heard a rumour that KNLA would come and recruit soldiers in the village, villagers were scared and they fled to Myaing Gyi Ngu Town; the female schoolteachers were also afraid and they fled there too. There were six teachers: four female teachers from the Burma/Myanmar government and two teachers who were hired locally. This school has not re-opened yet [at the time of receiving this report] and there were fewer students remaining in the village as of October 2015, so they could not study and go to school. [Photos: KHRG]
- 12 total of photos.
- Last update: 19 December 2016
- Hpapun (Mutraw) District
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