TESTIMONY OF SLORC ARMY DEFECTORS

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TESTIMONY OF SLORC ARMY DEFECTORS

Published date:
Sunday, August 7, 1994

On June 6, 1994 a group of 11 Burmese Army privates stationed alone on Hill 1653 in the hills north of Papun shot their two Lance Corporals and a Warrant Officer and fled to Karen-controlled territory together with their weapons. Their stories, which follow in, their own words, explain why they did it and also paint a picture of life for the hundreds of thousands of rank-and-file soldiers in the Burma Army. Of course, every Battalion is slightly different, but their accounts of the treatment by their officers are quite consistent with the stories of other SLORC deserters throughout Karen areas. From their stones, it appears that soldiers in their Battalion have a slightly better relationship with the Karen villagers in the area than most other Battalions; this is consistent with the testimonies of villagers from various areas, who often point out that some Battalions are worse than others.