Thaton Interview: W--, November 2017

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Thaton Interview: W--, November 2017

Published date:
Thursday, May 17, 2018

This Interview with W-- describes events occurring in Bilin Township, Thaton District, during the period between January and November 2017, and includes information about villagers’ livelihoods, access to education and healthcare, and updates on military activity.

  • In 2017, villagers in Htaw Klaw Hkee village, Noh Ber Baw village tract faced  challenges in accessing healthcare services due to poor road conditions.
  • School transfer letters from local villages were not accepted in Burma/Myanmar government schools. This became a barrier for students in Htaw Klaw Hkee village who wanted to study further by transferring to a larger school, because their local school only went up to Standard Four.
  • Tatmadaw Infantry battalion #8 led by Chit Min Thein burnt a Temple in 2016, Htaw Klaw Hkee village and then[Tatmadaw] has already rebuilt it half-way through. However, they went back to their camp since the start of rainy season in 2017; then have not returned yet [as of November 27th 2017].
  • Mice damaging paddies and unexpected rain caused livelihoods issues for local people in Noh Ber Baw village tract as they have limited opportunity to earn income.

Footnotes

[1] KHRG trains community members in southeastern 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 conducting interviews, community members are trained to use loose question guidelines, but also to encourage interviewees to speak freely about recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important and share their opinions or perspectives on abuse and other local dynamics.

[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] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 14/05/2018 official market rate of 1345.58 kyats to US $1

[4] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 14/05/2018 official market rate of 1345.58 kyats to US $1