villagers as he attempted to retrieve food from a hiding place near his village. Thevictim, Saw My---, 40, is survived by his wife Naw M--- and six children.Two days later, on January 19
2010, LIB #367 shot and killed Saw E--- near Tu Ghawvillage. Tu Ghaw village is not a part of Kheh Der village tract, but it is in the Kheh Der area. Saw E--- was headman of Tu Ghaw village, and a KHRG researcher in the areareports that he frequently used a two-way radio to monitor SPDC Army movements andwarn his villagers of approaching attacks. Saw E--- is survived by his wife Naw S--- andfive children.It is not clear if the SPDC Army presence in Kheh Der village tract is permanent.Though SPDC Army activity in Nyaunglebin District was intense from early 2006 until theend of 2008, troops withdrew from some frontline positions in December 2008. Troopscontinued patrols and harassment of villagers in hiding during 2009, but moreestablished positions were confined to lowland areas and locations near permanentroads. Kheh Der village tract is well south of a major east-west road crossing centralNyaunglebin, which links Pegu Division to Kyauk Kyi Town and on into Papun District.Notably, LIB #367 is controlled by Military Operations Command (MOC)
#10. KHRGhas most recently documented activities by battalions from MOC #10 to the north inToungoo District,
to where it was deployed in November 2007.
KHRG has alsodocumented battalions from MOC #10 committing abuses in Nyaunglebin
districts.If LIB #367 establishes a permanent presence in Kheh Der village tract, 1,000 residentsfrom these ten villages face permanent displacement. Primarily subsistence farmers,this will mean lost access to vital land and agricultural equipment, not to mentionpersonal possessions and infrastructure like village schools. In spite of villagers’ best
A Military Operations Command (MOC) typically consists of ten battalions. Most MOCs have threeTactical Operations Commands (TOCs), made up of three battalions each.
“Rural development and displacement: SPDC abuses in Toungoo District,” KHRG, January 2009.
“Militarisation, violence and exploitation in Toungoo District,” KHRG, February 2008.
“SPDC Attacks on Villages in Nyaunglebin and Papun Districts and the Civilian Response,” KHRG,September 2006.
“Offensive columns shell and burn villages, round up villagers in northern Papun and Toungoo districts,”KHRG, June 2006.
These photos, taken during October 2009, show villagers from Nyaunglebin District as they flee following SPDCactivity near their village.