An October 11 article by “Democracy Now!” stated that the Burmese government has killed at least 29 people in northern Kachin state at a refugee camp. The October 9 attack included 11 children among its casualties, according to local rebels cited by the Associated Press.
“I had to struggle a lot to run after the first one hit. It was really difficult to remove all of the [wreckage] pressing down on me,” an unnamed woman from Munglai Hkyet village told Myanmar Now. “The [house] had no door anymore. I ran into the streets and hid in a trench,” she added.
Myanmar is riven by various ethnic independence movements in the civil war that broke out to resist the military government, which came to power in a 2021 coup. The Kachin Independence Army controls the area where the bombing occurred on October 9, said the New York Times.
A recent report by the nonprofit organization Kachin Women’s Association Thailand found that violence in Kachin has increased as a result of the Chinese investment through the Belt and Road initiative. Munglai Hkyet is near the border with China.
Source: This article was published by the Globetrotter News Service