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Stranded amid a sea of reforms

Despite the optimism generated by recent changes and a ceasefire agreement between the government and the Karen National Union, thousands of ethnic villagers in eastern Myanmar are being displaced and their lands confiscated

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Recent progress within Myanmar is coming at the expense of ethnic villagers in the country's impoverished southeast, who who are seeing their land expropriated as development steamrollls in. That was the conclusion of ''Losing Ground'', a report released last week in Bangkok by the Karen Human Rights Group featuring the results of field studies undertaken from January, 2011 to November, 2012. 

CONTROVERSIAL CONSTRUCTION: The site of the Toh Boh dam in Tanpabin township.

Saw Albert, the KHRG's field director, sat in the shade of a large green umbrella in a quiet restaurant on the Thai-Myanmar border and added detail to the catalogue of hurts, abuses, destruction of property, pollution of rivers, loss of plantations and the confiscation of land in the report.

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