Following reports that the official border crossings between Thailand and Burma in Mai Sot had been unilaterally closed by the Burmese authorities, for undisclosed reasons, comes a report from the Irrawaddy claiming that Villagers Flee in Fear of Attack on DKBA.
Basically it seems that disagreement among DKBA leaders (the DKBA is the breakaway Karen army which has been cooperating with the military government) about plans to turn them into a “border guard” force within the Burmese military may lead to Burmese Army (Thatmadaw) attacks on dissident DKDA areas.
With this, and an mock election coming up sometime in the next few months, things in Burma are tense, volatile and potentially dangerous. Please pray!
|Karen women and children wait in safety on the Thai side
of the border (Photo: The Irrawaddy)
Following a warning that fighting between the Burmese army and DKBA troops could break out this week, villagers from at least four villages in Myawaddy township have fled to Phop Phra town in Tak province of Thailand, according to the Karen Information Centre (KIC) based on the Thai-Burma border.
The KIC said the warning to the villagers was given by Col Lah Pwe, better known as Mr. Beard, a high-ranking DKBA military official, who on July 21 rejected the offer by Lt-Gen Ye Myint, the regime’s chief of Military Affairs Security, to meet and discuss the BGF plan.
The Irrawaddy gives an insight into life in Burma under military rule:
Zarganar, a popular comedian who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for his high-profile role in efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of Cyclone Nargis, had no hope of being allowed to attend the funeral of his father, who died on Wednesday, according to relatives.
It is the second time since his arrest on June 4, 2008, that Zarganar has missed the funeral of a parent. His father, well-known writer Nan Nyunt Swe, appealed unsuccessfully to the Burmese regime to temporarily release his son when his wife, Yuwadee Kyi Oo, died suddenly last March.
Featuring Daniel and Kathryn Charman. Dan will be our Partners short term team coordinator sent out by Partners NZ, and Kath is a nurse sent out by Partners Australia.
Come along and hear what God has been doing in the lives of these Partners workers, and how Partners is bringing hope to children and their communities effected by war in Burma.
Wed. 21st July: 10am Radio Rhema interview
Fri. 23rd July: Elim Christian College
Sunday 25th July: Eastview Baptist, Botany Downs, 10am
Blockhouse Bay Baptist, 6.30pm
Sunday 1st Aug: Elim East Centre, 6pm
Tues. 3rd Aug: Hebron College, Auckland
Sunday 8th Aug: Beachlands Baptist, 10am
Manukau Hope Church @6pm
Wednesday 11th Aug: Mission Chapel, East-West College, Hamilton
Thursday 12th Aug: Elim Christian College
Sunday 15th Aug: Cambridge Baptist, 9am and 10.30am
Sunday 22nd August: Lifepoint AOG, Wellington, 10am
Sunday 29th August: St Christophers Anglican, Blenheim – 9 am and 10.30am
Mon. 6th Sept: Middleton Grange School, Christchurch