Burmese Army takes revenge on Kachin civilians for heavy losses

By KLN

Several houses in Namsan-yang village were burned down by Burmese Army soldiers on Oct 16, 2011. Burmese troops of 121st LIB under Northern Regional Command and 438th LIR under MOC -21 reportedly burned 5 houses on Oct 16.

Sara Doi Awng, a catholic priest, was released after being detained by Burmese Army’s 438th LIR on Oct 16, 2011. Sara Awng Li was beaten in his head with gun butt by 438th LIR’s second in command. Sara Doi Awng fled to Laiza after being released and was being treated for his head wounds.

Burmese Army soldiers of 121st LIB looted properties belong to Namsan-yang villagers, burned down villagers’ homes and abused civilians, said a local resident. Burmese Army soldiers of 438th LIR destroyed Kachin Baptist Church’s and Catholic Church’s properties, reported a local eyewitness. Namsan-yang villagers’ properties such as rice, cows, chickens, valuable items and foods were seized by Burmese Army soldiers. Namsan-yang village is under Burmese government’s control and just 15 miles away from Laiza. A fighting has begun near Namsan-yang at 3 pm on Oct 16, said a front line source.

The fighting between KIA and Burmese Army has continued at Madasawn (View point) located between Shwe Nyaung Pyin and Gara-yang for 5 days since Oct 12, 2011.

Burmese troops are well known for their revenge on local villagers, especially ethnic Kachin, whenever they have heavy casualties in battles against KIA. While many governments praise new civilian government for progresses in Burma, the reality on the ground is completely different from what it has been projecting.

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