Fighting in Kayin drives 2000 from their homes
ABOUT 2000 residents of Kayin State’s Hlaingbwe township have taken refuge at the Myaing Gyi Nguu monastery since September 11 to avoid ongoing fighting between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and the Tatmadaw, according to a state hluttaw MP.
The displaced residents come from villages in the Mae Tha Wow area. Some fled to Thailand, according to lawmaker U Tin Win Kyaw (NLD; Hlaingbwe 1).
“The state government will come and support the refugees [today],” he said. “We are planning the process. The state government will report back to the Union government about the refugee situation.”
The DKBA announced an offensive against a Tatmadaw-aligned Border Guard Force earlier this month. Tatmadaw troops have since reinforced the BGF and heavy-weapons fire has been reported. Villagers in the affected area were informed before the fighting broke out and fled to the safety of the monastery.
A number of Karen ethnic armed groups, including the Karen National Union, the KNU/KNLA Peace Council and the DKBA, as well as governmentcontrolled BGFs, have sparred in Kayin State over who controls the Asia Highway – and the right to collect illegal tolls along the road.
A Border Guard Force soldier patrols the Thai-Myanmar border.