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Hpapun and Thaton Photo Set: Livelihood Challenges

18th September 2017

This Photo Set illustrates the impact of serious caterpillar and mice infestations on villagers’ paddy in hill and plain farms in Lu Thaw and Bu Tho Townships, Hpapun District as well as in Bilin Township, Thaton District between July and September 2016. The villagers in both districts faced serious livelihood challenges because insects destroyed their paddy. Villagers were unable to cultivate their hill and plain farms and collect enough rice, causing them to face food shortages and financial difficulties. Although some villagers in Bu Tho Township have received insecticide plastic containers from the Karen National Union (KNU), other villagers affected by these insect attacks report that they may need to rely on local humanitarian providers in the future in order to meet their survival needs.

Photo Set | Lu Thaw and Bu Tho Townships, Hpapun District and Bilin Township, Thaton District (July to September 2016)

The following photos were taken by community members in Hpapun and Thaton districts who have been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. They are presented below, censored where necessary for security purposes.[1] The 20 photos below were received along with other information from Hpapun and Thaton districts including 359 other photos, six video clips, a general update on the situation in Thaton District and Hpapun District, and six interviews.[2]


[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.

[2] This Photo Set was compiled by KHRG office staff and is based on information from a community member from Hpapun and Thaton districts who have 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 website.



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