|Description/subject:|| ||Message from KDNG:
"As a network of residents of Kachin State, we, the Kachin Development
Networking Group, have been monitoring plans by the stateowned
China Power Investment Corporation and Burma’s military
regime to build seven dams on the Irrawaddy River and its two main
tributaries. In 2007 we published the report, "Damming the Irrawaddy"
which surveyed the environment and peoples in the affected area and
analyzed the negative impacts of these dams.
Today construction of the 2,000-megawatt Chibwe Dam on the N’Mai
River is already underway. The forced relocation of 15,000 people
to clear out the flood zone of the Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam has also
begun. In August 2009 villagers were informed that they must begin to
move out within two months. There have been no public assessments
of the projects, no consultation with affected people within the flood
zone or downstream, and no consent from local residents or the larger
population of Burma.
As a result, public resistance to the dams is growing. Despite the risks
of arrest, torture or death for dissent in military-ruled Burma, brave
people are demanding a halt to the dams. Mass prayer ceremonies calling
for the protection of the rivers have been held along the river banks
and in churches up and downstream. Posters, open letters, and graffi ti
from students, elders and prominent leaders have objected to the dams.
In a face-to-face meeting with the Burma Army’s Northern Commander,
local residents made it clear that no amount of compensation will
make up for the losses these dams will bring to their community and
We stand with the people of Kachin State and throughout Burma who
oppose these dams. The demand to stop this project has been made
clear to our military rulers and now we specifically appeal to China
Power Investment Corporation and the government of China to stop