URGENT PRESS RELEASE
23RD OCTOBER 2013
BURMESE ARMY ATTACK AND LOOT KACHIN IDP CAMPS
On the morning of Tuesday 22nd October, the Burmese Army launched an offensive at Namlim Pa and Mung Ding Pa village tracts in Mansi Township, Southern Kachin State. This happened after the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) re-positioned to re-open the Kaihtik-Bhamo motorway. Burmese Army Light Infantry Battalions 45, 56, 236, 240, 276, 601 and 602 under Bhamo-based 21st Military Operations Command (MOC-21) encroached upon Kong Ja village and fired small and heavy artillery toward Mung Ding Pa IDP camp. Local witnesses stated that 60mm heavy artillery shells landed near the school in the IDP camp. Burmese soldiers looted IDPs’ belongings and arrested eight villagers from Kong Ja Village and two from Mung Ding Pa village, including a child aged about 12. These inhumane actions forced many of the refugees to flee for their lives. Some elderly, infirm people and children have taken refuge in the Mung Ding Pa village church. Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE 23RD OCTOBER 2013 BURMESE ARMY ATTACK AND LOOT KACHIN IDP CAMPS”
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