Cuore di Tenebra

Uno dei più attivi rappresentanti dell’opposizione birmana mi inoltra un comunicato emesso il 9 aprile da un gruppo stanziato nello stato Shan, l’estremo oriente della Birmania. Denuncia i rapidi, distruttivi cambiamenti che si stanno verificando in quella remota regione. Lo riporto integralmente. E’ illuminante. Aiuta a capire quanto le regole morali sono relative in quel cuore di tenebra.

Demand for rubber in China is spurring a scramble to plant trees by the Burma Army, ceasefire groups, and militias. Under the banner of opium eradication, the Yunnan Hongyu Group from China is also establishing rubber plantations by employing forced labor after entire villages were forcibly relocated. However the bulletin confirms UN data that opium cultivation is increasing in Shan State.
“Rubber is being planted on every slope but farmers don’t know what they’ll eat” said Japhet Jakui, the director of the Lahu National Development Organization which authored the bulletin.
Wildlife trafficking is increasing to China and is now operating through Keng Larb, a new hub of trade on the Mekong River. Local Lahu villagers describe a dramatic decrease in the populations of elephants and tigers and the disappearance of gibbons. One hunter interviewed for the bulletin received US$20,000 for a single tiger carcass and skin.
China continues to construct a series of giant dams on the mainstream Mekong while downstream communities anxiously question what impacts will befall them. Unprecedented floods in August 2008 damaged thousands of acres of paddy farms.

Il rapporto completo è visibile sul sito Burma Rivers Network.