More Pictures of Hooh Yoh
Thai Forestry Department Creates Human Rights Disaster at Hooh Yoh Village
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The village of Hooh Yoh (Three villages
together) has had all their land taken by the Thai government in the last
months of 2003.
250 families, 1019 people.
All told to take a hike, that they could live out there in the mountains
with no land to farm, no food, their own tough luck.
People at the project site tell
us that this is a special project, but can not give us a name, or contact
for a senior government official.
Maejo University from Chiangmai
is also involved in this heist.
We don't think this situation
Not after 40 years at that location,
long before there were even any Thais there, before there was a road.
Please write to your nearest Thai
embassy and complain, ask for an explanation in writing how it is legal
to take the land of Hooh Yoh without due process.
Hooh Yoh Akha village is in Ampur
Mae Faluang, Chiangrai province of north Thailand.
Taking this land was decided without
any permission or consultation of the villagers. Now the villagers
are afraid to go out and farm. Eight villagers were arrested and
fined $400 to get out of jail. Two of the women spent 15 days in
jail while 8 months plus pregnant.
Now the same eight villagers are
told by the Chiangrai Forestry Chief and Mr. Hoh Nah Gkay Gkah that they
must pay $4000 more apiece or go back to jail, for farming near their homes.
They have ten days left in which
Don't go to Thai restaurants, don't
buy Thai and don't travel to Thailand until the Thai government offers
land protection to the Akha people and recognizes them as humans, not animals.
Contact us with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
What you can do:
You can mail and email government officials, your Thai
embassy, your MP or Congressman and demand that these land seizures stop!
Join the Hooh Yoh Peace Camp and help us protect the
land of the Akha people and bring attention to the world that NO ONE can
take Akha land and impoverish them any more.
After 2274 murders and all the praise from the US Government
that violence pays, the Thai government thinks they can do anything they
We got news for them.
Come to the village, water and food can be arranged locally.
You will be helping teach english to Akha activists and monitoring all
non Akha traffic in and out of this village. If you can raise funds
to help pay for banners and other advertising, this will help.
There will be a house in the village for you to stay at.
You MUST have a passport with you at ALL times and a VALID
The Akha of Hooh Yoh Akha meet to discuss the village
The village of Hooh Yoh
Hooh Yoh has three sections
Concrete Village Built By Rotary:
Three years ago, the army and forestry department tried
to illegally force Hooh Mah Akha village to relocate from their location
of 78 years up above and one valley over from Hooh Yoh Akha. Combining
the effort with a confused involvement of Taiwan Rotary International,
who hadn't a clue what was going on, a concrete village was rapidly
built on a steep and dangerous hillside. These houses remained empty
when Hooh Mah Akha did NOT move. However, other Akha filtered in
who lost their land in other locations, and found small land to farm with
Hooh Yoh village. Now they are loosing this land also.
Rotary Celebrates its "Peace Village" with an expensive
Army Tells Akha They Can't Use Tractor
The Army told the Akha of Hooh Yoh that they couldn't
use a local tractor or backhoe to fix their village plots to rebuild their
houses which they traditionally do during this time of year.
The back hoe and tractor operators, Thai people,
were even angry with the army, saying that this can not be done to people,
to take everything they have and then keep them from fixing their homes.
Akhas Rebuild a Hut
The Akha seasonally rebuild a hut. Only after many
years of saving are the Akha able to build a cheap concrete house.
This government action is taking all the farm land of
Hooh Yoh Akha.
They are given no options for farming.
They have farmed here for nearly 40 years. They
have preserved the forest well, and only farm one valley side, slowly building
many rice terraces over the years that protect from erosion. The
villagers of Hooh Yoh were never included in any discussions regarding
The entire village has been detoxed from ANY drug use
A sign warns the Akha that they will be shot for using
drugs. Many were.
No drugs, yet no land either, has the Thai government
gone mad? We think so.
We think it is intolerable that the Thai government take
this land with no consideration to these people.
An old army checkpoint was constructed
When the army first began taking the village land and
water they constructed this checkpoint between Hooh Yoh Akha and their
Now it has been abandoned with many more structures added.
Army personnel daily warn the Akha of this and that, creating a climate
Good Land Stewards:
The Akha invest in the land, shaping it daily, year by
year, establishing land use areas for increased food efficiency and sustainability.
Reckless use of the land will effect the AKHA FIRST so they are the first
to realize how careful they must be.
Below are rice terraces of Hooh Yoh
A marker depicts tree planting in an Akha rice terrace.
The army, not the Akha, cut this new road down through
the Akha farmland
A broad view of the mountain valley east side used by
the Akha. The far valley face is used by the Lahu and Lisu.
This is a crucial time for this village as now the Akha
are investing heavily in tea, coffee and corn crops for long term survival.
Tea and coffee encourage the economy of trees.
Close ups of land plots of Akha land
The following pics are close ups of land the Akha farmed
Forestry and Army chop up the Akha land
The forestry department has taken the Akha land in disregard, they
figure there isn't international law about the right to food. They forget
the millions of dollars and tourists that come to Thailand to see the Akha.
For which the Akha get nothing. Just treatment like this. In Thailand
the forestry department thinks all the trees belong to them. Forestry
policy in the mountains is ethnic cleansing. No one comments where
all the lumber in the lumber yards come from, who logged the big trees
off this land or who logged all the lowlands that had trees like what can
still be seen in Laos.
Pics below show the misuse of this land:
We are looking west. To the east, behind us, there is a complete
forest protected by the Akha, recorded in their religion, and use for gathering
herbs and safe guarding the water shed. The Thai government has completely
failed to protect the watershed. Chinese flower farms, Thai orange
orchards and Thai pig farms all severely pollute the water in this region,
all new comers.
Project staff truck. Lots of bucks for ripping people off.
Thailand ranks as one of the lowest in protection of the poorest, most
vulnerable, child and women trafficking, drugs, prostitution. The
total disregard for people on the part of the powerful is full explanation.
Exploitation of the poor is frequent, prosecution of the wealthy is seldom.