Efforts by Burmese authorities to persuade the first of about 15,000 affected Kachin villagers to move to new homes to make way for a hydro-electric dam project are meeting with resistance, according to sources in the area.
More than 100 residents of Tang Hpre village, one of 60 communities destined to be displaced by the proposed Myintsone dam, were urged by the authorities to relocate.
“We will oppose the pressure,” said one housewife. She said each affected family had been given 32 kg of rice and one 1.6 kg can of cooking oil, but had been offered no further compensation.
The authorities began their campaign to persuade villagers to move one week after an inauguration ceremony at the dam, which local people were forced to attend. Continue reading “Kachin Villagers Resist Order to Relocate”
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