Here are photos from one of the areas (Kweh Der, Ler Doh) attacked last week. They show villagers in hiding, burned homes, burning paddy rice, families rebuilding, and the bodies of the two men killed by the Burma Army, Saw Ee Moo and Saw Mya Kaw Htoo. The local KNU leadership, their organizations and FBR relief teams are providing emergency relief, while PRAD has supplied immediate medical supplies and food assistance.
Over 2,000 people are still displaced and in hiding. The Burma Army continues to patrol. Please see UPDATE OF BURMA ARMY ATTACKS, MURDERS, DISPLACEMENT AND FORCED LABOR IN KAREN STATE, BURMA at www.freeburmarangers.org.
Thanks so much helping us put a light on the situation in Burma and thanks to the news agencies who help get the word out.
May God bless you,
A Relief Team Leader,
Free Burma Rangers
Western Karen State, Burma
WARNING: Graphic images contained in report below.
|IDPs hiding after Burma Army attacks|
|Villagers rebuilding their homes|
|Saw Ey Moo, shot and killed by the Burma Army|
|Saw Mya kaw htoo, killed and burned by the Burma Army|
|Homes Burned by Burma Army Kweh Der village|
|Rice still burning after Burma Army attack|
Recap of attack: On January 17: Keh Der village in Ler Doh Township, Nyaunglebin District, was attacked by LIB 367 under Military Operation Command 10. Ten houses were burned down. 2 villagers were shot and killed. One man’s name is Saw Mya Kaw Htoo. He is 48. He has a wife and 6 children (5 girls). The villagers ran before the SPDC attacked, but later some villagers went back to try to retrieve some of their belongings and that was when Saw Mya Kaw Htoo was shot. The second villager killed was Saw Ey Moo who was killed on the 19th of January 2010 by the same patrolling unit. Because of the early warning system everybody ran away before the Burma Army troops attacked this village or there may have been more people killed. Now the Burma Army is patrolling in this area of Kgaw Hta village and Keh Der village tract. As per above report, the Burma Army burned Khwe Der village, killed two villager and displaced 10 villages. The villages 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.