Hpapun Situation Update: Dwe Lo Township, 2016 to February 2017


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Hpapun Situation Update: Dwe Lo Township, 2016 to February 2017

Published date:
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District between late 2016 and February 2017, including the negative consequences of gold mining, and events related to health, education and livelihoods. 

  • Civilians from Hpapun District face food problems in 2017 because of unfavourable weather and mice and caterpillars which severely damaged their paddy in the period between the initial germination of the rice plant to its harvest.
  • Gold mining in Meh Thu village tract and Meh Way village tract, Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District is conducted by wealthy individuals thought to be connected with the Burma/Myanmar government. Civilians report that it impacts on their health and wellbeing because it produces a poisoned and polluted river. The project has also damaged civilians’ houses, land and farms.
  • Villagers affected by the gold mine are unwilling to protest against the project because some Karen National Union (KNU) leaders are also involved in the project. Local people report that, the gold mining project workers came to their area from outside of the community with their families, and they stay in the village. They report that some of these project workers do not follow the rules of their village.


[1] KHRG trains community members 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, community members 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] For more reports on gold mining in Hpapun District, see Hpapun Situation Update: Dwe Lo Township, “January to May 2016,”  September 2016, and “Hpapun Situation Update: Dwe Lo Township, May to August 2016,”January 2017.