Karen National Union (KNU) recruitment has forced more than 300 families to flee their homes in Hlaignbwe Township, Kayin State.
Up to 2,300 people from 13 villages in the township have fled to Myaing Gyi Ngu region, in need of urgent humanitarian aid.
A refugee from Thawkalelhta village in Hlaignbwe said: “Refugees fleeing the war have moved to Myaing Gyi Ngu. It’s disappointing to have armed conflict again in the war-torn region. Everyone wants peace. But the KNU is now using force to recruit. It’s for war. We can’t get food, education and health care for our children. What is good about more fighting?”
A refugee named Saw Faw De says he arrived in Myaing Gyi Ngu on September 24 trying to flee from forced recruitment in Hpapon District. He said was told to pay Ks5 million or serve in the KNU or face the detention of one of his relatives.
The acting Kayin chief minister, U Saw Win Htain, is planning to visit the refugees today. credit eleven media myanmar
Refugees in Myaing Gyi Ngu on October 5 (Photo-EMG)