Losing Ground: Land conflicts and collective action in eastern Myanmar
Written and published by the Karen Human Rights GroupKHRG #2013-01, March 2013
Front cover photo:
Over 400 villagers from Shwegyin and Kyauk Kyi Townships gathered together on March 12
2012 to protest the Kyauk N’Ga Dam on the Shwegyin River in in eastern Bago Region. The community member whotook this photo told KHRG that villagers chanted three requests of the Government in Burmese:
“No continuation of the dam construction. Compensation for lost farmland flooded by the dam. Let the water flow naturally.”
Back cover photo:
Villagers protest ongoing construction of the Toh Boh Dam in a tributary of the Day Loh River onSeptember 25
2012, upstream from the Dam site in Tantabin Township in northwest Kayin State. The communitymember who took this photo told KHRG that, if the Toh Boh Dam is closed, upstream areas will flood, destroyingvillagers’ plantations and restricting their ability to travel freely.
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