Interviews With Internally Displaced People Inside Shan State (Northern Burma)

The following interviews were taken in May 29, 2000 in a camp for "internally displaced people" (IDP). IDP are people who seek refuge within their own country; since they do not cross an international border, they are not technically refugees.

Translation from English (me) to Shan (the interviewees) and back again was done by Sai Sem, a medic who runs a clinic in Fang, Thailand. I have taken broad liberties with these interviews: the content (and meaning) are the same as translated to me, but the questions and answers have been worded to make them readable. All questions have been included; no information has been omitted.

In addition:

To view an interview with one of the individuals below, you may click on either their name or their picture, if present.


[This man, the assistant to the headman of the village, asked that his picture not be used]

Name: Wan Na
Age: 40
Prior Home: Wan Luh, in the That Mork Township
Prior Occupation: Farmer
Length of Stay in IDP Village: 4 months


IDP woman

Name: Nange Shwe
Age: 33
Prior Home: Sa Nein
Prior Occupation: Farmer; grew rice, tea, and leaves to wrap cigars
Length of Stay in IDP Village: Two weeks



IDP man

Name: Pan Tha
Age: 33
Prior Home: Sa Nein
Prior Occupation: Farmer
Length of Stay in IDP Village: Two weeks


IDP boy

Name: Aung Myat
Age: 6
Prior Home: Nam Pang
Length of Stay in IDP Village: "I don't remember."


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