Thousands flee attacks in Kachin
20 November 2013: Fresh clashes between Burma Army troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have forced over 2,000 people to flee their village in Kachin State.
Burma Army soldiers have been accused of using an ‘aid convoy’ as a pretext for getting access to a KIA-controlled area on Saturday, according to the Kachin News Group.
General Gun Maw, Second-in-Command of KIA, said that the fighting broke out near a school in Nam Lim Pa village as the troops entered with the relief team.
Sources confirmed that over 100 soldiers from Bhamo-based Military Operation Command 21 (MOC-21) arrived in the village around 2pm and threatened about 300 students at the Nam Lim Pa school compound.
According to the Burma Free Rangers, the Burma Army has taken control and occupied both Nam Lim Pa village and Nam Lim Pa IDP (internally displaced person) camp, to which many of the villagers had fled.
Following the attacks by the soldiers, the villagers including women and children had to run away from both Nam Lim Pa and the camp to another village of Man Gau Da Nam Hkyet during the night.
On 14 November, Burma Army soldiers killed Maraw Brang Nan, 40, while travelling to collect some of his possessions from his house in Mung Ding Pa village.
He is survived by his wife and four children, all of whom are now sheltering at an IDP camp in Bhamo, Kachin State, according to FBR.
Cases of rapes and tortures conducted against Kachin civillians including a 15-year-old girl by Burma Army soldiers from Light Infrantry Battalions 320, 438, 601, 602, and Infantry Battalions 47 have been reported in the months of November and October 2013.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has called for an immediate end to ongoing clashes and for allowing humanitarian access to the affected victims in Kachin State.#