Expansion of the Guerrilla Retaliation Units and Food Shortages in Toungoo District of Northern Karen State

Pages

You are here

Expansion of the Guerrilla Retaliation Units and Food Shortages in Toungoo District of Northern Karen State

Published date:
Monday, June 16, 2003

The Burmese regime has not mounted a major military offensive in Toungoo District of northern Karen State since 1996, but continuous repression and harassment is forcing more and more villagers into the hills, where a KHRG field researcher estimates at least 5,000 are now in hiding.  SPDC patrols hunt them, trying to force all civilians into Army-controlled villages where everyone is used as forced labour maintaining military access roads and portering supplies to outlying Army camps.  In the SPDC-controlled villages even food supplies are tightly controlled; rice cannot be bought without Army permission, and farmers must hand over all food crops to soldiers, who eat most of it and hand back only a tiny and insufficient ration.  Making things even worse, new units of the SPDC's notorious Dam Byan Byaut Kya execution squads have been created to penetrate all areas of Toungoo District, and are now moving between villages with lists of civilians to kill.