Thatmadaw continues its attacks

The Thatrmadaw (Army of the “Myanmar” Government) continues the attacks begun in January on villages in Western Karen State. Seven battalions of troops are involved (c.130 men each, so nearly 1,000 soldiers). They force villagers from areas they control into service as porters and labourers, so the total effective manpower is higher. They have driven abvout twice their own number of villagers into hiding, burned their homes, and stollen their property. Children in hidie sites still go to school, and pregnant women still give birth. See the report from FBR dated 16th Feb 2010: Pictures and a Report from Karen State; A Mother Giving Birth in Hiding, Burned Homes.

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