Feature – Network Media Group
REPORT BY ZAW GYI
MONDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2009 09:17
Late one rainy afternoon in early April, a soldier of the Democratic Karen Budhist Army (DKBA), brought an urgent message to Karen villagers in Tarlaewantmikalan village, Pankyone Township, Hpa-An.
“If you want to go, please go fast. We don’t know what the late comers will do. We can’t do anything to protect them,” he said.
The DKBA wanted them to flee the area, to a safe zone, before they began an offensive against the Karen National Union in two days.
One family, with many young children, left their village carrying their belongings in the rain.
They are among thousands of Karen villagers who have fled for the relative safety of the Thai-Burma border because the DKBA and Burmese armies started offensives against base camps controlled by the rival Karen National Union, in early April.
U Win Maung, a farmer who lives in Tarlel Wamt Mekalan Karen village, in Pai Kyon township, Pa-an district, said, “Now we are facing troubles and are on the run because the Karen are fighting each other.”.
He said he is familiar with similar conflicts in the past. He has had to run away and hide in the jungle during battles before, returning to his village when the shooting stopped. Now he is almost 50. Continue reading “CAUGHT IN A VICE: KAREN REFUGEES FLEEING BATTLES BETWEEN THEIR OWN WARING FACTIONS”
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