We have just been informed of the death of a female resident from Moe Kyo Pyin village which is located in our surrounding community. On behalf of all at Wanbao we extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to her family and share in their grief at this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with her family. Today we have all lost a member of our extended Letpadaung family.
The events leading up to her death are still unclear. We understand the police were also at the scene, and we hope they will start investigating this tragic event.
This event is especially awful given the great turnaround in our relationship with our community. We have achieved amazing progress because we received popular approval for our project through two large community consultations carried out from May until November 2014.
What happened today is unfortunate for so many reasons- and especially unfortunate given how hard we and the villagers have worked together to get closer to one another and start building trust. We have only been able to commence construction because the vast majority of the people gave us the OK to proceed with the project.
You should know that 71% of consulted villagers in 35 villages have given us the green light to continue our project and they support it and that 91% of impacted villagers in 27 villages who were consulted through door to door consultations have also supported us. So we have achieved great strides in our community relationships. There is a great story of hope and reconciliation which you can read about in the (website). This is what makes this senseless death even more painful and poignant. The mining project is there to help people like the lady who has passed away.
Our hearts and prayers are with her family. We are unwavering in our commitment to peaceful dialogue, and we oppose any violent and dangerous activity that jeopardizes the safety of the villagers, the protestors, our staff or the police.
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