|Plight of Internally
HUNGER IN EASTERN BURMA BORDER: A
NEW REPORT RELEASED
(Kao Wao / Bangkok: October 25, 2003)
Land confiscation and forced relocations continue to deprive
and threaten the lives of the rural poor of their rights to
adequate food, housing and livelihood. 176 relocation sites
were identified in state-controlled areas of eastern Burma
border during 2002, as reported by a fresh report by the Burmese
Border Consortium last week.
Thailand based non-government organization released a timely
report named 'Reclaiming the Rights to Rice' about food security
and internal displacement in eastern Burma, which provides
an in-depth investigation on food security and other related
The report covers six specific areas in eastern Burma border;
Tenasserim, Mon, Karen, Karenni, Pegu and Shan territories,
where paddy is being destroyed or land confiscated by the
BA in 2002.
According to the report, 248 settlements have been affected
and the paddy is estimated at about 3,665 tones, which were
destroyed by the State Peace and Development Council, the
current ruling authority in Union of Burma.
The Survey estimates that approximately 250 temporary settlements
of internally displaced persons in eastern Burma had their
paddy destroyed or confiscated by the military government
in 2002. Furthermore, the result suggests that food supplies
were widely destroyed as an act of war in northern Karen State's
Papun township ad eastern Pegu Division's Shwegyin Township,
the report concluded.
The report also highlighted local observation of issues related
to food security on crop destruction as a weapon of war, border
areas development, agricultural management, land management,
nutritional impact of internal displacement and gender -a
perspective based on the lives of local community workers.
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