Strategic Displacement

Strategic Displacement

This category includes cases in which civilians choose to leave their homes temporarily, permanently or for prolonged periods as a means of avoiding military control or human rights abuse. Displacement may occur in response to a previous abuse, for example where villagers choose to go into hiding to evade forced relocation orders or in response to crippling forced labour, land confiscation and taxation demands. It may also occur in response to a perceived threat of abuse, for example during attacks on civilians and civilian objects, whether they are deliberate or occur via indiscriminate methods of combat. The evasion of military control and abuse through displacement displays the agency of villagers to protect themselves despite restrictive militarised conditions. Strategic displacement serves as the springboard for a range of other self-protection strategies, including establishing covert hiding sites and storing food prior to displacement, as well as sharing food, establishing temporary educational facilities and returning to homes after displacement to retrieve food and other supplies left behind. Displacement in remote upland areas not under government military control may also facilitate villagers’ access to humanitarian services provided by the few community-based organisations able to operate. As a last resort, displacement may also spur villagers to seek refuge in discreet hiding sites, camps or one of the eight official refugee camps across the border in Thailand.

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