Ko Nwe's Oral History, Round 1



Ko Nwe's Oral History, Round 1


• Male, 54
• Ethnic Karen farmer and Christian leader
• Lives in a rural village within a contested region
• Government and armed group authorities both involved in imposing lockdowns
• Prior experience of conflict meant most villagers had stockpiled food and staples already so were partly prepared when lockdowns were imposed.
• Viewed lockdowns as difficult yet necessary to prevent “uncontrollable” spread of COVID-19.
• Villagers raised funds to support COVID-19 prevention efforts elsewhere in Myanmar but not to support families impacted locally.
• Concerned that closure of churches and resulting lack of donations restricts their capacity to support local families who may be struggling in the future.
• Thinks government support to the needy should continue beyond COVID-19: “I think that the government is doing a fine job, but what worries me is food security for next year.”

Date Created

First interview: November 1, 2020
Second interview: December 3, 2020

Language of interview


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Border closures/restrictions 1
-Impact on healthcare access 1
-Impact on voter turn-out 3
Comparison with other crises 1-2
Daily life necessities
-Food 1-2
Elections (2020)
-Hopes for new government 5
-Pre-election 3-4
-Previous elections 3-4
-Post-election 4
Financial impacts of Covid-19 see also ‘Jobs’
-Food security 2-3
-Reduced income 1-2
Job see also ‘Financial impacts of Covid-19’
-Difficulty in transporting products 1
Response measures for Covid-19
-Assistance for Covid-19 relief 2-3
-Breaking rules 1
-Local measures 1
-Reactions to measures 2-3

Item sets

Ko Nwe's Oral History (translation)