Over 3,000 villagers flee to Thailand amidst ongoing SPDC/DKBA attacks

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Over 3,000 villagers flee to Thailand amidst ongoing SPDC/DKBA attacks

Published date:
Sunday, June 7, 2009

As of Saturday June 6th, over 3,000 villagers have fled the area of Ler Per Her IDP camp in Dta Greh Township, Pa'an District to seek refuge in neighbouring Thailand. This includes villagers fleeing joint SPDC/DKBA attacks against the KNLA as well as those fleeing forced recruitment as porters to carry supplies for SPDC and DKBA troops engaged in the fighting. This is the largest refugee exodus from Karen State on a single occasion since 1997. Also, more refugees are expected as joint SPDC/DKBA forces have advanced towards the camp of KNLA Battalion #202, about 30 kilometres north of Ler Per Her.

Footnotes

[1] Over 700 villagers flee to Thailand amidst fears of SPDC/DKBA attacks on a KNLA camp and an IDP camp in Pa'an District, KHRG, June 5th 2009.

[2] "As the SPDC attacks, more than 3,000 villagers flee to Thailand," Kwekalu, June 6th 2009.

[3] "Thousands of Refugees Flee Ler Per Her Camp as Burma Army Attack Begins," Free Burma Rangers, June 6th 2009.

[4] For a more in-depth discussion of the limits of the recent international focus on Burma, see the KHRG commentary Don't neglect rural in calling for Suu Kyi's release, June 4th 2009.