Dooplaya Situation Update: Kyainseikgyi Township, July to August 2017

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Dooplaya Situation Update: Kyainseikgyi Township, July to August 2017

Published date:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Kyainseikgyi Township, Dooplaya District during the period between July and August 2017, including a violent threat incident, land disputes, development projects, education, livelihoods and healthcare.

  • On July 15th 2017, in B--- Village, Noh Ta Khaw village tract, a drunken Karen National Union (KNU) forestry area administrator named Saw Nay Htaw threatened to shoot civilian Maung A--- after falling off of Maung A---‘s motorcycle.
  • Naw Eh La Htoo, who lives in D--- village, Kyainseikgyi Township, Dooplaya District, sold locally-used land illegally, without possessing land titles. On February 12th 2017, after she illegally sold land to Saw E---, villagers and village leaders reported the case to KNU Township level leaders and are currently trying to resolve the dispute.
  • Educational challenges in Kyainseikgyi Township include a shortage of available teachers, tension between Karen and Burma/Myanmar government teachers and the inability of some students to continue their studies in Burma/Myanmar government schools.
  • Several villages in Kyainseikgyi Township report limited support for local development projects and request greater financial and material support to implement local development projects. 

Footnotes

[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] 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] Maung is a Burmese male honorific title used before a person’s name.

[4] Saw is a S’gaw Karen male honorific title used before a person’s name.

[5] Naw is a S’gaw Karen female honorific title used before a person’s name.

[6] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the November 22nd 2017 official market rate of 1,364 kyat to US $1

[7] A standard refers to a school year in the education system of Burma/Myanmar. The basic education system has a 5-4-2 structure. Primary school runs from Standard 1 to Standard 5, lower secondary school is Standard 6 to Standard 9, and upper secondary school is Standard 10 to Standard 11.