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Drugs seizures in Karen state trebled, majority of catches made in Hpa
Drugs confiscations in 2017 in Karen state have trebled in comparison to 2016 and most detentions were made in Hpa-an and Myawaddy, according to state police chief Kyin Lin. "When we took more action against human smugglers than against consumers, we confiscated over 2.1 million methamphetamines.
In 2016, we confiscated over 1.5 million pills. It went on to say that the general population had made few drug-related notifications to the police. The police asked them to call if their families are using because the police will only apprehend those who are using and not those who are using drugs.
The State Police will work with the general community to implement broader drugs education programmes and open township and village drugs centres. State police have recovered 2,100,532 methamphetamines, 163 grams of crude oil, 2,579 grams of ICE, 120 grams of marihuana, 1,650 grams of kamatom and 78 more.
According to the state police, a tot of 745 perpetrators were detained in 530 cases. "In all townships there have been detentions, but many narcotics are still in the area. We have no juridical guarantees for possible retaliation against the general population after the dealers have reported it. We', said Saw Phoe Khwar Gyi, co-ordinator of the Nyein Foundation's Peace Dialogue and Research Project.
In all, 810 perpetrators of 551 cases were detained and over 600,000 methamphetamines and 133 arms were confiscated in Karen State in 2016. Of the almost 1,700 prisoners on trial and those convicted in the Hpa-an jail, more than half were either indicted or convicted of drugs offences.
Thousands of occupants are living on a piece of ground along the Myanmar-Thai frontier, which is infamous for illegality and trafficking.
Thousands of occupants are living on a piece of ground along the Myanmar-Thai frontier, known for illegality and trafficking. Between Myawaddy in Kayin state and the Thai city of Mae Sot, it is a large occupying municipality called "No Man's Land" by the natives, as neither Thailand nor Myanmar have a strong interest in exercising territory controls.
On an area of about 1.6 ha along the Thai frontier, No Man's country is a small stretch of the Moei River, which is home to several hundred inhabitants who live on the edge of the two lands, mainly because of the country's poor population. The inhabitants of the surrounding towns call the area No Man's country in English.
Myanmar calls it the" isle le kyun", which means "the isle on the river". This is one of several places along the Myanmar frontier where Myanmar citizens are suffering from widespread violence of violence, abuse and destitution. The majority of No Man's Land inhabitants are supporting themselves as self-sufficient grocers, sell Myanmar and China smokes to Thais and overseas visitors, collect resources and beg.
Another major commercial operation is the narcotics business, which has made No Man's country infamous for outlaws, especially after nightfall, when the Thai troops monitoring the area have come back to grassroots. A number of local people say that a Myanmar Border Guard Force benefits from the illegal operations in No Man's Country.
Other people say that both Thailand and Burma's police are receiving a bribe to disregard drugs and other crimes. Though both Thailand and Myanmar are claiming responsibility for No Man's land, it is uncommon for the Thailand police to establish a foothold in the area. The Myanmar police send across the riverbank every drought to cremate the jungles around the occupied municipality.
Recently it has been shown that the Thai police's formal non-interference could change in No Man's country. One of the immigrant workers who asked for anonymity spoke to Frontier about a several hour long common police crackdown on No Man's land in September by the Thai-Myanmar police. On his return to Thailand, the workers living in Mae Sot saw the roundup at one of the informal riverside checkpoints near the occupied town.
While he was mooring on the Myanmar side of the riverbank, he showed frontier pictures of the roundup taken with his hand. New to No Man's Land is 12-year-old Maung Kyaw Lin (not his actual name), who relocated there to keep from being molested by the Myanmar police in the neighboring Myawaddy, where he lived on the streets.
A few years ago Kyaw Lin left his Bago region with his wife to Myawaddy, but his dad fled with another wife to Bangkok and left the kid with his alcohol-dependent mum. Myawaddy with homeless kids all last night. Said he was "happy" to live in no man's country.
Nobody is checking me," said Kyaw Lin. He said he spent a whole days between THB400 and THB500 (about K14,600 and K18,270) Begging and assisting to bear the pockets of the undocumented migrants who enter Thailand at one of the informal transits. It was Kyaw Lin who said that he gives his income to a wife he names his "stepmother", although they are not related.
The Irrawaddy said in October the US authorities were announcing tough action against Yangon and Mandalay criminals who are exploiting kids and the older people by making them go begging. The spokeswoman for the Ministry of Social Affairs, Emergency Relief and Relocation, U Soe Kyi, was cited as saying that a gang detention scheme was being planned, but he did not indicate whether it would be expanded to include frontier areas where child abuse is customary.
When asked if he wanted to go to college, Kyaw Lin, who is literate, replied that he did, but laundering clothing, getting drinking and making his living on a day-to-day basis did not give him much free rein to attend class. Several of the kids in No Man's Land had taken lessons at the Agape Orphanage and Boarding Schule, a immigrant college in Mae Sot.
However, this situation was reversed in 2013, when a head teacher escaped to Myanmar after being charged with rape of some women schoolgirls. New headmasters implemented a more stringent enrollment procedure and No Man's Land pupils failed to meet a deadlines. Said the former principal urgently wanted No Man's Land to give kids the chance to study and collect them on his coach from the frontier and bring them back at the end of the workday.
Thinkzar Oo said it is sometimes hard to persuade a parent that their child has to go to college because the primary concern of impoverished households is to earn enough to live. "She said that they do not take responsibility for their children's upbringing, because when they go to college, they cannot help the whole household.
In some cases, the parent sends the youngest kid to schools because they usually earn the lowest possible incomes for the whole group. "They' re different from the other children," said Thinzar Oo, and added that they would rather get into war. Thinkzar Oo said that 11-year-old kids had come to schools from no-man's-land under the impact of narcotics like ya ba (methamphetamine).
Kaw Moo Ra Karen Young Group members started a drugs bust on No Man's Land in 2013. Karen News reported quoting the group chairman, Saw Moses, when he said the roundup was approved by the Border Guard Force and Myawaddy Township Police and was for the benefit of the Kayin youths, many of whom had become addicted.
Susects have been turned over to the Myawaddy police. Kyaw Lin doesn't dare to leave his new home after dark in no man's land. "It'?s very noisy," said Kyaw Lin.