Hpapun Interview: Naw A---, November 2017


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Hpapun Interview: Naw A---, November 2017

Published date:
Wednesday, July 25, 2018


This Interview with Naw A--- describes events occurring in Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District, during the period between 2016 and November 2017. It includes information about internal displacement, the killing of civilians and landmines. It also provides local perspectives on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), peace, women’s issues, education and healthcare.

  • Saw B--- was shot by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) splinter group on November 8th 2017 while he was going to buy petrol on his motorboat. It is unclear what has happened to him since the incident occurred. Community members presume that he is dead.
  • The DKBA splinter group attempted to burn down C--- village. Community members from C--- village were accused by the DKBA splinter group of cooperating with the Tatmadaw and Border Guard Force (BGF).
  • Villagers from C--- who were displaced after this attack do not feel secure enough to return to their homes. They are concerned about the possibility of an attack by the DKBA splinter group, and about the danger of landmine contamination in their area.


[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]Saw K’paw Leh Leh is a supporter of the DKBA splinter group currently resettled in the United States. He frequently shares information about and raises funds for the DKBA.

[4] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the 18 March 2018 official market rate of 1,335 kyats to US $1.