Klity Karen wait for justice after legal victory

Ethnic Karen forest dwellers from Klity, Kanchanaburi, hold photos of villagers who died from lead poisoning before the Supreme Court could even rule on their lawsuit. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

After 19 years of struggling for justice, the country's biggest lead poisoning lawsuit finally ended early this week with the polluters punished at long last. Unfortunately, the victims' decades-long suffering is far from over.

"Our Klity Creek is still full of lead," lamented elderly forest dweller Yaseu Nasuansuwan of Lower Klity, a forest community of the indigenous Karen in Kanchanaburi province.

That's not all. The public health authorities still refuse to diagnose the Karen peasants as victims of lead poisoning. Consequently, none have received proper medical treatment for their illnesses.

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