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FBR REPORT: Families Flee: over 1,500 people in hiding as Burma Army Columns
shoot villagers, burn homes and destroy rice fields.
Mone Township, Nyaunglebin District, Western Karen State, Burma
30 October, 2009

KEY DEVELOPMENTS
The Burma Army is currently conducting attacks in Mone Township, Nyaunglebin District, Karen State. The
operation began on 7 October. As of 9 October almost 1500 villagers had been displaced by the attacks.
This report originally dated 23 October 2009.

The Burma Army is currently conducting attacks in Mone Township, Nyaunglebin District, Karen State. The
operation began on 7 October as Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 599, Infantry Battalion (IB) 73 and IB
39 left Kwee Di Kaw and Maladaw camps and separated into at least two columns moving east. As of 9 October
almost 1500 villagers had been displaced by the attacks.

On 7 October the Burma Army entered Nya Mu Ki village and shot Pastor Baw Pae, who was able to escape. On
the same day, a different column shot and wounded Saw Hsaw Oh U, 35, from Kyauk Pya village. On 8 October,
the Burma Army attacked Tanata village, burning down houses, including the house of Saw Poe Thaut Kya and
all his belongings. On 9 and 10 October troops fired mortars on multiple villages in the Nwa Lay Ko, Giblayta and
Saw Poe Ta areas. As the columns have proceeded thousands of villagers from Kyauk Pya, Nar Hti Ko, Nya Mu
Ki, Taw Poe Hta, Thay Kay Lu, Hti Taw Ki, Nwa Hta, Nwa Lay Ko, Tanata and other villages have run under
threat of attack and are hiding in the jungle. Schools in these areas have been closed. Food and medicine are
scarce and many people, especially children, are sick. FBR teams also reported on 15 October that many
villagers' farms were being destroyed by wild animals because the villagers are hiding rather than tending their
farms. The Burma Army has also been destroying rice fields in order to erect temporary huts for shelter.

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IDP villagers from Nwa Lay Ko Village

Villagers fleeing from Nwa Lay Ko Village - stream crossing

People living in this area have faced other problems in the preceding months. On 6 September, LIB 563 forced
Saw Tha Blar and Saw Pi Ti from Maladaw village to go to Htee Mu Hta camp to work without pay. Maladaw
villagers were later forced on 10 September to build three security hits near the village. LIB 501 entered Kwee Di
Kaw village and shot villager Saw Maung Pler, age 21, on 23 September. In addition, the Burma Army has been
requiring each family in some villages to send someone to join “Peace Group” militias, or else pay more than
150,000 Kyat. This has been compounded by natural disasters. FBR teams reported on 3 October that in the Ler
Klah, Saw Ka Der and Hti Ler Baw Ta areas of Mone Township, up to half of the paddy farms in the area were
destroyed by rats, creating a food shortage. Flooding on August 8 also contributed to a food shortage.

God bless you,


Free Burma Ranger Relief Team

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IDP villagers from Nwa Hta Village

Villagers from Nwa Lay Ko Village - taking refuge in temporary shelter

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Village rice farm destroyed by the Burma Army.

The Free Burma Ranger’s (FBR) mission is to provide hope, help and love to internally displaced people inside
Burma, regardless of ethnicity or religion. Using a network of indigenous field teams, FBR reports on human rights
abuses, casualties and the humanitarian needs of people who are under the oppression of the Burma Army. FBR
provides medical, spiritual and educational resources for IDP communities as they struggle to survive Burmese
military attacks.

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