Interview | Naw Ka---, (female, 41), K--- village, Htantabin Township, Toungoo District (October 2016)
The following Interview was conducted by a community member trained by KHRG to monitor local human rights conditions. It was conducted in an IDP camp in Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District with a villager originally from Htantabin Township, Toungoo District on October 12th 2016 and is presented below translated exactly as it was received, save for minor edits for clarity and security. This interview was received along with other information from Hpapun District, including six other interviews and 62 photographs.
Marital Status: Married
What is your name, Aunty?
41 years old.
What is the name of your [original] village [that you displaced from]?
Which village tract, township and district is your village located in?
K--- village, Maw Nay Pwah village tract, Htaw Ta Htoo [Htantabin] Township, Toungoo District.
What is your position [of responsibility] in the IDP [Internally Displaced Persons] camp?
No, I do not have any position.
So you are just an ordinary IDP?
What is your ethnicity?
I am Karen.
What about your religion?
Are you married?
Yes I am married.
Have you received any information related to the return and resettlement process [of IDPs back to their original villages]?
I only heard about it from the IDP’s camp leaders.
What is your opinion on [IDPs from Ei Tu Hta] returning and resettling [back to their original villages]? Do you think it is the right time to go back? If not, why?
It is better to stay in your own [original] place but currently the [political] situation is not stable or guaranteed.
Do you think there will be any problems if you return?
What kind of problems? Do you mean security?
I will say we need safety and security, healthcare, and education.
Do you want the return process to happen and to be implemented?
I do not know.
When you [decide] to return [to your original place] what will be the basic needs that you will have?
My most important basic needs are work [livelihood opportunities], healthcare, and education.
What are the important things for your future?
[We] should have work.
What kind of work you would like to do?
[We] always need to work for our livelihood.
What should the KNU [Karen National Union] or the Burma/Myanmar government do to support you in order to have the return go well?
Many people have mentioned this already so I do not know what to say.
What services do you want to have in the place where you will return? For example: education, work, healthcare or anything else.
We want all of them such as healthcare, education and work [livelihood opportunities].
How do you feel about leaving Ei Tu Hta camp?
[I] feel a little bit sad.
How long have you been living in Ei Tu Hta camp?
More than ten years already.
Do have any information about services such as healthcare and education at the place where you will return to?
No, I don’t.
Have you able to visit your [home] village recently?
It has been quite a long time since I have visited my village.
When did you visit it?
Two or three years ago. I went back to my village once when my father passed away.
Do you own any land in your original village?
No, but I used to own a plot of land but due to dam construction it was all flooded and submerged, under the water.
Toh Boh [dam].
Did you have or know any information about the return process?
The process of returning people [from the IDP camp to their original village]?
[Has there been] any discussion held with IDPs about the return process?
I heard it from the camp leader and [camp] committees.
Did they discuss with you about this?
Not directly with me. They mentioned it in the meeting.
Did you heard about the return issue only through the [camp committee] meeting?
Is there any information that I missed which you want to mention?
I do not know what to say.
Don’t you know what to say or you cannot say?
I do not know what to say. I am afraid that I might give you the wrong information.
Would you allow me to use your information?
It is up to you. I did not speak much.
Thank you so much. Good night.