Around him, burnt tin, wood Only the iron materials and the house pillars that no longer have a body are left. On the ground, you will see only the ashes rising rapidly.
This video file is from Sagaing, Minking Township, An image of an old grandmother from Bin village who was distressed because her house was caught in a fire when the military council burned down almost the entire village of Ben village on the banks of the Chindin river.
At the end of January, 105 houses were destroyed by the army. Almost all the villagers had to flee to safety.
The military council troops entered Sagaing and Magwe regions, known as central Myanmar (the upper region), in formations more than 4 months after the coup, stationed themselves in the local villages, and began to invade and disturb the villages and carry out other acts of violence. Since then, there have been resistance attacks by the local defense forces, but it is still not a strong position.
2021 On September 7, Acting President of the National Unity Government – NUG, Dula Shiwa, announced a nationwide “people’s defense” to fight back against the military dictator.
After that, most of the youth who opposed the military council from various provinces attended military training from some ethnic armed organizations to fight armed attacks. After completing the training, they return to their respective regions and join the People Defense Force (PDF) in their respective townships. They were formed according to the district, and the military council started the revolution by armed means.
In Sagaing and Magwe provinces, hundreds of PDF groups emerged, the resistance against the military council gradually strengthened, and the process of exterminating those related to the military council gradually grew. Therefore, the military council added more troops to those areas than any other region and state in order to control these things. Mainly for attacking PDFs.
But since then, instead of attacking the local defense forces, the soldiers have been marching in and out of villages, illegally confiscating people’s property. They enjoy violently arresting and killing local people and burning down entire villages, only to repeat these actions over and over again.
“When they burned, Uncle was in the village, which is only one and a half miles away from the village. I saw it. I feel quite. The feeling is that I can’t say it. I didn’t expect it to happen so suddenly. Reaching a state where I no longer remember my own home, I don’t want to experience something like this again,” said 50-year-old U Khin.
U Khin is from Sagaing, Pearl Township, A member of the village of Melton. last year 2022 At around 8:00 PM on January 31st, 150 military council forces stormed and burned Mytthong village and destroyed 173 houses, including U Khin’s house, out of around 260 houses.
In the night when the fire started, all the villagers had no time to prepare anything, so they had to flee to places where their lives would be safe with only one piece of clothing. U Khin’s family fled to a place only 1 and a half miles away from the village. U Khin recalled that when he arrived at that place, he sadly saw his village engulfed in thick smoke and fast-moving flames. In addition, it is said that the same night, the neighboring villages of Pa and Min were burned down.
U Mei had a teenage son. He had a daughter. A total of 4 families are living there. Most of the locals in Pulay Township grow rice, beans, corn Sesame Since they mainly work in sunflower farming, one of the farmers, U Khin, has made a living from this agricultural business all his life.
Now is a difficult time to resume agricultural activities due to regional instability. In addition, it is a period of economic stress, and on the other hand, food prices are also tight because the prices of crops are falling. It is not easy for U Khin to rebuild his home that was caught in the fire.
“As for the things I tried to make, it’s not easy to get them back now.” This house was not built for his marriage. It’s been two years since my parents got married. It was built in earnest. It will take a lot of effort to get this place back. It can take at least 20 years,” U Khin sighed.
Most of the villagers, including U Khin’s family, returned to the village almost a week after the village was burned down. At present, in order to live temporarily in the village, palm leaf roof, He also said that they still live in small huts with walls.
Pa Ywa in Pulay Township, just like Methon Ywa, big rowing car Kai Island Since the end of January, the army has continuously burned more than 10 villages, including the villages of Chaung U, and almost all of the villages have been burned, causing tens of thousands of residents to flee to the jungle areas for safety.
At present, there are people who have returned to their villages, and there are still residents who continue to live in the forest because they are afraid of the return of the military council troops. They are dependent on support from local aid organizations and other people who can afford it.
pearl water Tang Dam That’s it, Khin Oo Chow U Myong The horse pig hands water Even today, the army has frequently raided townships such as Ai Ma Pin and set fire to houses.
There are 34 townships and 5991 villages in Saikai Tae. Among them, 26 townships are facing the most acts of arson and acts of terrorism by the military.
Similarly, 25 townships Within Magway Division, which has 4,788 villages, there are many villages that suffered the holocaust of the army.
The first village to be burned in Magway was Le Hla Village. Makwe: every Ganggo Township, Child – 3 houses in the village of Yehla, where nearly 1,000 people live next to Ganggo Road, were destroyed by the military council troops in 2021. On May 28, the first fire was destroyed. According to the locals, the injured soldiers set fire to their troops as they retreated after the attack by the local defense forces and the army.
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“The actions of the army are inhumane, In other words, sane people would not do this. As a citizen, I hate it,” said a local woman from Myain Township.
Within Myain Township, Lat Yaet Ma South, Pintak Lake banyan tree North Dam dragon bubble Latte Ma Muang, Lake chef More than 10 villages, including the villages of Sesame Jin, have been burned. More than 8,000 people have been displaced.
“If you think about it as a whole, there is nothing more important than human life. I have to avoid it just to save my life. Even if they destroy it, we feel like we have nothing to react to. The actions of the army are inhumane, We cannot tolerate their actions in any way. As a people, I feel disgusted with them.” The Myain local woman said that she did not like the army’s behavior.
2021 From February 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022, more than 7,000 (7,503) houses were destroyed by fire at the hands of the military council in Sagaing Division, and more than 2,000 (21,31) in Magway Division, according to Data For Myanmar, an independent research group that has been compiling data on fire losses after the coup.
At the same time, houses were burned in Magway and Sagaing regions. There are more than 300,000 people who have fled their homes due to the violence of the army and other military conflicts. They also need help.
The official of the Ganggo Township Public Administration said, “We have been providing food and medicine for the people who have fled the fire and the war. There is no perfect situation yet. Some support from the Ministry, The main thing is that people can help each other.” He said.
More than 680 houses were destroyed by the army’s burning of 18 villages in Ganggo Township. For this reason, Ganggo Township People’s Administrative Organization said that they received more than 900,000,000 Kyats (901,2800) from the National Unity Government – NUG to support the local war refugees. It was announced on April 22.
But until now, food for those fleeing the war, clothes blanket, There is a need for medicines, Although there are local social aid organizations and people-to-people support, there is still not enough support.
“Currently, medicines, food, It’s raining, so you need a raincoat. On our side, we are not all over the country. Villages are also poor,” Myain Township, A local man from Sessa village said.
Some of the war refugees who live in the forest are suffering from dengue fever due to lack of food, lack of drinking water, and pollution in their living areas. There is still a need for medical care in addition to medical supplies as diarrheal diseases are also occurring.
Therefore, as the National Unity Government – NUG, the relevant Township People’s Administrative Organization, An official at the Pakukku People’s Struggle Committee said that they should connect with social charity organizations and provide assistance as soon as possible.
“For the people affected by the war in the Aya region, NUG has been working for the people of the village during this period, whether through the village administration or Local Defense Forces – LPDF Township We should connect with the district people’s administrative organizations and organize assistance for living and health as soon as possible.” He said.
After the military coup, the local defense forces and the military clashed. On May 6, the United Nations OCHA Myanmar announced that a total of more than 240,600 people have fled their homes in Sagaing Division and more than 50,500 in Magway Division due to village burnings and military crackdowns as well as other war-related conflicts. Among them, newborn babies, This includes the elderly over 80 and the disabled.
Even when the military council forces were defeated during the fighting with the local defense forces, they entered the nearest villages and joined the PDF. “There are PDFs in this village,” he said, giving unsubstantiated reasons to destroy the entire village with fire and other acts of violence. It’s like the saying, “The rat can’t fight the barn fire.” PDF is bullying and violence against the people.
On the other hand, the military council setting fire to their homes does not oppose them again. Sagaing Division said that the effect is to instill fear in the people so that they do not dare to revolt. A woman member of the leading committee of the Hmong community strike said.
“Mainly, I see people doing it out of fear. They put on a fire show. People killed. Then the public will be afraid and calm down. I see that they are doing it in that way. These guys don’t have human consciousness. And they don’t have a house. They don’t understand the value of a house. So it was easily destroyed by fire.” he said.
The above woman added that no matter how much the military does terrorist acts and destruction, the people continue to rebel without fear, and in their minds, their main goal is to eradicate the military council and the military dictatorship.
“They are upset because they lost their homes and businesses. There is no decrease in morale. Make them afraid, but they are not afraid at all. I see you continue to fight with more bitterness. Because the military council did this, there were more resentments. “Without any kind of discouragement, they become more motivated and want to fight against the terrorist group,” he said.
In addition, because there are no people on the side of the army, the soldiers do not know the information they should know in order to fight. Rather than fighting, violence Captain My Taeza from the Re-S-Sule PDF, who is fighting against the military council in Re-S-Sule Township, said that they have only been doing vandalism.
“They have no territory. There is no public. They don’t have the information to fight the war. I have to say that they do not know how to fight because it is never possible for them to fight among the masses of people. When they can’t take advantage of the public in any way militarily, they have a way to keep the public quiet with fear, which is completely childish. Therefore, the villages that cannot be avoided “They are only burning houses without killing,” said Major May Tayza.
In summer, the whole country feels the heat, but in the upper regions of central Myanmar, such as Magway and Sagaing, the temperature is higher than other regions, so the local residents continue to feel the heat every year. Even in good times, they set up heat shelters for the elderly and children and provide health care to help them brave the heat.
However, the troops subordinate to the coup military council sidelined Puta Aye, During the hottest months of May and April alone, hundreds of villages in the northern region were burned down. For the local residents, this is like a heat on top of heat. Rather than the heat of the weather, the feeling of losing all the possessions and possessions will surely be greater than the heat inside.
“If you look at the geographical position of the country in the upper part of the country, it is in the tropics. You can say tropical. The northern region also feels the heat of the sun strongly. During this period, the local people should not be affected by the heat and the sun. The heat of the region, We saw that I felt the heat inside me as I was being kissed by fire. The public does not want to feel this kind of heat anymore. In order to put an end to this heat, there must be no military group that started this heat. The public is hoping for the rooting of the military group,” said Ko Chit Win Maung of the Magwe People’s Struggle Committee.
Kochit Win Maung also said that the military’s terrorist acts of destruction experienced during the current period have been carefully documented and gathered, and when the rule of law is established in the future, the military must work to pay for these war crimes.
“This kind of violence by the army is not done now. It is a crime that has been practiced for many years. We need to keep a good record of these. “At some point, we have to get justice for all these war crimes,” said Ko Chit Win Maung.
In fact, the hypnotic palm tree, The Aya region, dominated by palm trees and beautiful rice paddies, is currently facing the holocaust of the coup d’état. The local people have to live together with various sufferings.
However, despite the difficulties encountered, The local people are the main protagonists of the violence, the military council and the military dictatorship. The revolution is being fought at high speed from all angles, and they are trying to get the villages out of the holocaust amidst the smoke and fumes.