Thaukyekhat - 2 Hydropower Dam and Current Situation of Htone Bo Villagers
Thaukyekhat - 2 Hydropower Dam and Current Situation of Htone Bo Villagers

Jun 02, 2015

The Thaukyekhat - 2 Hydropower Dam is located on the bank of the Thaukyekhat Stream, 14 miles east of Taungoo, Bago Division, Burma/Myanmar. It is a concrete dam, 1,253 feet wide and 308 feet high. Its projected capacity is 604 million kilowatt hours, according to the Myanmar Ministry of Electrical Power No.1. The hydro-power dam projects were initially started by the former Burma military government. But as the government couldn't continue the construction, the Asian World Company stepped in and took over the dam projects in November 2007. According sources from Karen News (http://karennews.org), in 2006, 73 families from Htone Bo village had to move out of their village to make way for the dam projects. As of today, a total of 93 families have been relocated. For their losses, the villagers want the company to pay them compensation. The villagers have demanded 7 - 8 million kyat per family from the company. However, the company doesn't want to pay this amount because there are so many families needing compensation. They want to pay only 1.5 million. The former village chief demanded that the company build a library, a clinic, a road, and a bridge for the community, as well as provide water and electricity. He also said that the company should build a church and a school, and also pay the requested compensation. The company has complied with most of these demands, apart from the compensation. The villagers also submitted a letter to the parliament, calling for the Farmland Investigation Commission to investigate the problem. However, so far no action has been taken. Since "it will take a long time, wait" is what the villagers always been told, they are losing their faith that they will ever receive this compensation. "If they want to give us compensation, then let them give it to us. If they don't want to, then what can we do, right? It is in their hands. We will only get it when they are willing to pay. This is very hard," said by Htone Bo villager.
Our Land Our Lives (Karen version)
Our Land Our Lives (Karen version)

Jun 02, 2015

This documentary, filmed by Kwe Ka Lu Team, is about the story of the impact of Dawei Special Economic Zone in Southern Burma. It was produced by Kwe Ka Lu in partnership with Communities Sustainable Livelihood and Development (CSLD), and supported by Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN).
Our Land Our Lives (Burmese version)
Our Land Our Lives (Burmese version)

Jun 02, 2015

This documentary, filmed by Kwe Ka Lu Team, is about the story of the impact of Dawei Special Economic Zone in Southern Burma. It was produced by Kwe Ka Lu in partnership with Communities Sustainable Livelihood and Development (CSLD), and supported by Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN).
Our Land Our Lives (English version)
Our Land Our Lives (English version)

Jun 02, 2015

This documentary, filmed by Kwe Ka Lu Team, is about the story of the impact of Dawei Special Economic Zone in Southern Burma. It was produced by Kwe Ka Lu in partnership with Communities Sustainable Livelihood and Development (CSLD), and supported by Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN).
KAREN MESSAGE: NO BIG DAMS
KAREN MESSAGE: NO BIG DAMS

Jun 02, 2015

On March 14, 2013, about 2,000 internally displaced people and villagers from the Wei Gyi area gathered at Ei Htu Hta Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the Salween riverbank to mark the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams in an event organized by Karen Rivers Watch (KRW) and its local member Salween Eyes (SEE). The event, organized to raise local voices about current and future impacts, was joined by environmental activists from other areas. The ceremony was also attended by community leaders from Dawei, who are resisting massive development projects in their area, including dams. As part of the ceremonies, Christian, Buddhist, and Animist religious rituals were conducted. Afterwards, participants shouted the following slogans: -Our priority need is: Peace, Peace, Peace! -What we want is: No dams on the Salween River! -Why we are calling for this: our Salween River must flow free -All planned dams on the Salween River must be stopped!