Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh Township, June to September 2017


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Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: K’Ser Doh Township, June to September 2017

Published date:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

This Situation Update describes events occurring in K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between June and September 2017, including healthcare, education, livelihoods, transportation and development.

  • Many villages, especially Karen villages in K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District face a shortage of teachers so students’ education has been interrupted. Some villages have resolved this problem by internally recruiting new teachers; however, it is a challenge for villagers to pay the new teachers’ salaries.
  • Some villagers from K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District, especially children and the elderly, face several barriers in accessing healthcare services such as a shortage of health workers, high medical fees and the absence of clinics. Villagers from La Baw and Eh Eh areas, K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy also face livelihood challenges because of transportation difficulties. Some roads are unpaved and the quality of the highway in K’Ser Doh Township that was completed by the Burma/Myanmar government in early 2017 is poor.
  • Civilians from K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District request the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) to consider and address education, health and transportation issues instead of exclusively focusing on economic issues.
  • Land confiscation in K’Ser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District has resulted in land owners not having enough land to farm. This caused an increase in livelihood and education difficulties; in response, many young people have migrated to Thailand to pursue job opportunities. 



[1] KHRG trains community members in southeast Burma/Myanmarto 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.

[4] U is a Burmese title used for elder men, used before their name.

[5] A village tract is an administrative unit of between five and 20 villages in a local area, often centred on a large village.

[6] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the December 12th official market rate of 1,362 kyat to US $1.

[7] The Joint Monitoring Committee was established at the Myanmar state and regional level in late 2015 to monitor signatories’ adherence to the October 2015 Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. It considers the majority of its monitoring to be based on territorial disputes, but has been slow to respond to complaints over breaches of the NCA code of conduct, and lacks a formal complaint mechanism, or any enforcement powers. For more information see, “Majority of joint ceasefire monitoring committee complaints are territorial disputes,” The Irrawaddy, July 2017.