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Reports_ Update of Burma Army Attacks, Murders, Displacement and Forced Labor in Karen State, Burma

Reports_ Update of Burma Army Attacks, Murders, Displacement and Forced Labor in Karen State, Burma

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Report relayed directly from the field by FBR Relief Teams in Karen State
21 January, 2010


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On January 17: Keh Der village in Ler Doh Township was attacked by LIB 367. 10. Ten houses were burned down. 2 villagers were shot and killed
This and related attacks have now displaced 1,000 people from 10 villages in the area.
On January 18th the Burma Army shot villagers at Hti Aw Top and captured two women and one man in Mon Township
On January 19 LIB 427 from Naw Soe camp shot at villagers from Kaw Htoo Toe while they were harvesting bamboo, scattering the villagers. Today (January 21) an FBR team responding to the attacks found the decapitated body of one of these villagers.
In total, more than 2000 people have been displaced by Burma Army attacks this week.

Report relayed directly from the field by FBR Relief Teams in Karen State
21 January, 2010


KEY DEVELOPMENTS

On January 17: Keh Der village in Ler Doh Township was attacked by LIB 367. 10. Ten houses were burned down. 2 villagers were shot and killed
This and related attacks have now displaced 1,000 people from 10 villages in the area.
On January 18th the Burma Army shot villagers at Hti Aw Top and captured two women and one man in Mon Township
On January 19 LIB 427 from Naw Soe camp shot at villagers from Kaw Htoo Toe while they were harvesting bamboo, scattering the villagers. Today (January 21) an FBR team responding to the attacks found the decapitated body of one of these villagers.
In total, more than 2000 people have been displaced by Burma Army attacks this week.

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23.01.10 14:25Free Burma Rangers :: Reports: UPDATE OF BURMA ARMY ATTACKS, MURDERS, DISPLACEMENT AND FORCED LABOR IN KAREN STATE, BURMASeite 1 von 7http://www.freeburmarangers.org/Reports/2010/20100121.html
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FBR REPORT: UPDATE OF BURMA ARMY ATTACKS, MURDERS, DISPLACEMENTAND FORCED LABOR IN KAREN STATE, BURMA
Report relayed directly from the field by FBR Relief Teams in Karen State21 January, 2010
 
KEY DEVELOPMENTS
 On January 17: Keh Der village in Ler Doh Township was attacked by LIB 367. 10. Ten houses wereburned down. 2 villagers were shot and killedThis and related attacks have now displaced 1,000 people from 10 villages in the area.On January 18th the Burma Army shot villagers at Hti Aw Top and captured two women and one manin Mon TownshipOn January 19 LIB 427 from Naw Soe camp shot at villagers from Kaw Htoo Toe while they wereharvesting bamboo, scattering the villagers. Today (January 21) an FBR team responding to theattacks found the decapitated body of one of these villagers.In total, more than 2000 people have been displaced by Burma Army attacks this week. Dear friends,This is an update with photos of Burma Army attacks, murders, displacement and forced labor against villagersand IDPs in Karen State, Burma. There are no large scale offensives at this time but over 2,000 people havebeen displaced in attacks this week while villagers were shot to death by Burma Army patrols. Yesterday whiledoing a reconnaissance of a Burma Army camp, we saw Burma Army troops with villagers they were forcing tocarry loads for them. In every area here that the Burma Army controls, they force villagers to carry loads andwork for them.In spite of the threat of punishmentof death,the villagers attempt to avoid this work and actively support the resistance instead. But oftenthey cannot avoid carrying loads for the Burma Army occupying troops.Here 12 new FBR teams have joined the existing FBR teams in these areas and are providing medical and other humanitarian assistance. Over 2000 patients have treated and over 100 loads of relief materials have beendistributed by the new teams. There is now a need for more medical supplies to help those displaced by the newattacks. (Thanks to PRAD and others who are sending more medical and food support and thanks to PRAD andGI for help with the early warning system of radios and other communications equipment that villagers use towarn each other and better escape impeding attacks.)The following are reports from the teams themselves sent to our HQ team as we move through the three Northernand Western Karen State Districts of Toungoo, Muthraw/Papun, and Nyaunglebin Districts. There is also onereport from Dooplaya District South Central Karen State where there is forced labor and a build-up of BurmaArmy troops- but no offensive yet. We have consolidated these reports and they are below as well as somephotos and a map from one of the teams. Thanks for all your help and encouragement,May God bless you,A Relief Team Leader, Free Burma RangersWestern Karen State, Burma
Attacks and Murders:
Two men killed:
On January 17: Keh Der village in Ler Doh Township, Nyaunglebin District, was attacked by LIB 367 under  
 
23.01.10 14:25Free Burma Rangers :: Reports: UPDATE OF BURMA ARMY ATTACKS, MURDERS, DISPLACEMENT AND FORCED LABOR IN KAREN STATE, BURMASeite 2 von 7http://www.freeburmarangers.org/Reports/2010/20100121.html
Military Operation Command 10. Ten houses were burned down. 2 villagers were shot and killed. One man'sname is Saw Mya Kaw Htoo. He is 48. He has a wife and 6 children (5 girls). The villagers ran before the SPDCattacked, but later some villagers went back to try to retrieve some of their belongings and that was when SawMya Kaw Htoo was shot. The second villager killed was Saw Ey Moo who was killed on the 19th of January 2010by the same patrolling unit. Because of the early warning system everybody ran away before the Burma Armytroops attacked this village or there may have been more people killed. Now the Burma Army is patrolling in thisarea of Kgaw Hta village and Keh Der village tract.
Two women and one man captured:
On January 18th the Burma Army shot villagers at Hti Aw Top and captured two women and one man in MonTownship, Ler Klah village tract. The villagers were on their way to selling their goods when they were capturedand tied up. The three villagers names are 1) Saw Poe lae, 2) Naw Gu Htoo, 3) Naw Day Poe. There was 1Burma Army column divided into 3 small groups. The troops were patrolling in the area and planned to meet acolumn from Ko Pla Lay Ko at Saw Ka Der area somewhere.
One man shot and decapitated:
Southern Toungoo District: On January 19.1.10 at 11:38am LIB 427 from Naw Soe camp shot at 3 villagers fromKaw Htoo Toe while they were harvesting bamboo. One villager, Saw Htoo Nay Wa was wounded. When thevillager was shot one of the other villagers tried to help the wounded man. The Burma Army was chasing themand shooting and he could not help Saw Htoo Nay Wa's intestines were protruding out of his body from thegunshot wound. Today, a FBR team responding to the attacks, found the decapitated body of Saw Nay Wa.
Attacks in Ler Doh, Nyaunglebin District displaces 1,000 people from 10 villages:
As per above report, the Burma Army burned Khwe Der village, killed two villager and displaced 10 villages. Thevillages are; Khwe Der, Kaw Taw Kee, Thur Kaw der, Thaung Nya Der, Kaw Hta, Ler Taw Loo, Day Baw Kee,Muki, Hti Law Kee, Ko Lu.
Attacks in Southern Nyaunglebin District displaces over 200:
On January 18th the Burma Army attacked Hti Blah village in Hsaw Hti Township, Southern Nyaunglebin District.Over 200 people fled their homes and the Burma Army looted and destroyed property in Hti Bla. (The home of one of our FBR medics is here and he lost his home and his belongings).
Forced Labor:
 
23.01.10 14:25Free Burma Rangers :: Reports: UPDATE OF BURMA ARMY ATTACKS, MURDERS, DISPLACEMENT AND FORCED LABOR IN KAREN STATE, BURMASeite 3 von 7http://www.freeburmarangers.org/Reports/2010/20100121.html
Burma Army and porters carry water fromvillage up their camp at Maladaw forcedrelocation site. Jan 18 2010
In Toungoo District, Karen State Burma MOC 7 (Military Operation Command) commander Kyaw Myo Aye andTOC 3 (Tactical Operation Command) commander Yae Min stay at Kler La (Baw Glee Gee) camp, and LIB 542(Light Infantry Battalion) commander Kyaw Zay Oo stay at Play Sa Lo camp.On 12.1.10 LIB 542 forced 36 villagers to carry Burma Army food supplies from Lay Day camp to Play Sa Locamp. Villagers from Play Sa Lo (4 female and 5 male), Yay Lo (10 female, 10 male), Glow Ba Der (2 female, 5male) are forced to carry loads.On 13.1.10 the Burma Army forced 87 villagers from Play Sa Lo (26 female, 21 male) and Lay Gho Lo village (25female, 15 male) to carry loads of food for the Burma Army.On 14.1.10 the Burma Army forced 40 villagers from Play Sa Lo (16 female, 21 male), Yay Lo (1 female, 1 male),Glow Ba Der (1 female) to carry loads of food for the Burma ArmyOn 15.1.10 the Burma Army forced 38 villagers from Yay Lo (2 female, 2 male), Glow Ba Der (6 female, 4 male),Play Sa Lo (13 female, male 11) to carry loads of food for the Burma ArmyFrom 12.1.10 to 15.1.10 the Burma Army forced 201 villagers to carry their food supply from Lay Day to Play SaLo two times each day. They forced each male to carry 20Kg and each female to carry 15Kg loads each time.On 16.1.10 forty more BA soldiers from LIB 542 arrived at Play Sa Lo campOn 17.1.10 The Burma Army forced villagers including school students to carry food supplies from Lay Day campto Play Sa Lo camp. The villagers forced to carry loads were: Naw Koo Htoo 16 years old, Naw Ka Moo 15 yearsold, Naw Nay Ree 16 years old, Naw Blu Gay Paw 14 years old, Naw Bway Moo 10 years old, Saw Eh Dee Htoo9 years old, Saw Nay Do 10 years old, Saw Then Oo Kyai 40 years old.
Map of Burma Army Attacks in Nyaunglebin District, Western Karen State. Jan 17-22 2010.

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