HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The exodus was mostly witnessed in the Thantlang region of the Chin State
  • 20 houses were set to fire by the soldiers last weekend
  • The army also shot dead a padre who was trying to extinguish a fire

A significant number of people who were residents of the Myanmar town situated near the Indian border have fled the area. Sources said that the exodus started after their homes were targeted and set ablaze amidst the brawl between the military and forces opposing military rule.

The Thantlang region of the Chin State housed nearly 10,000 people. However, most of them have fled seeking shelter in the nearby areas including India, said a community leader. Myanmar has been facing a tumultuous situation since February 1, after the pro-democratic Aung San Suu Kyi government was toppled down, instigating furious strikes and protests among the people opposed to the military regime.

Besides setting fire to 20 houses last weekend the soldiers shot dead a Christian padre who was trying to extinguish a fire. However, the report of the incident was debated by the state media. According to a relative of the padre, the town at present consisted only of a few families and about 20 children who were residents of an orphanage that was run by the padre.

According to a tweet this week by Thomas Andrews, who holds the post of special rapporteur of the U.N. in Myanmar, “The murder of a Baptist minister and bombing of homes in Thantlang, Chin State are the latest examples of the living hell being delivered daily by junta forces against the people of Myanmar.”

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