Burmese soldiers rape, kill and torture Kachin residents

Sunday, 19 June 2011 00:19 KNG
Local Kachin people are being raped, killed and tortured by Burmese troops, sources said.“Burmese troops raped women and small girls and also killed small children. They took away the men for porter duty from three families, who could not escape from Dum Bung village (on Ledo road in western Kachin State),” alleged a source.

In Sinbo, where 17 Burmese soldiers were killed on June 17 in the fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) battalion 5 and Burmese troops of the Light Infantry 141, a woman with four children and three girls under 20 years of age were raped by Burmese troops. The woman died after the incident but the three girls are alive, according to the source.

A refugee with a newly born child at refugee camp in KIO Laiza headquarters.

Another source said a couple was tortured and the wife died after being raped in Dawhpumyang village between Myitkyina the capital of Kachin State and Manmaw (Bhamo).

However, a KIA officer on the front line said, he could not confirm the incident but in Shan State three Kachin men were beaten to death after being put into bags and three girls were tortured and later released by Burmese soldiers. The three local girls are from Na Lung village between Manmaw and Laiza headquarters of the KIO.

He said, Burmese troops deployed in Manje (Mansi) township in southern Kachin State are arresting and killing civilians. Three Kachin residents from these areas have been killed by the soldiers.

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