Incident Report | Dweh Loh Township, Papun District (June 2011)
The following incident report is presented below translated exactly as originally written, save for minor edits for clarity and security. This report was received along with other information from Papun District, including two other incident reports, one situation update and four photographs.
The incident happened on June 6th 2011
It happened in Ny--- village, Waw Mu village tract, Dweh Loh Township, Papun District.
I am Naw K---. I am 27-years-old and I have three children. The youngest one was seven months old [at the time of the incident]. At 7:00 pm on June 6th 2011, it was raining and I was breastfeeding my child. There were flat fields with frogs beside my village, so when my child fell asleep I lit my may gkay der [lamp] and went to catch frogs. It took about two hours. Later, I realized that my child would be awake and crying and I also had enough frogs. As I had enough to eat for one meal, I came back home. I arrived at the garden of my house and I was about to enter, but I didn't know that the SPDC Army [Tatmadaw Infantry Battalion (IB) #96] were coming. I entered my garden and it was dark so I could not see anything. Immediately, my mouth was covered, my lamp blown out, and someone said "don't talk". They arrested me and forced me to porter, so I had to follow them.
It was very difficult for me following the SPDC. It was raining and I could not see the way, so sometimes I fell over. When we arrived at the fields by D--- [village] at about 10:00 pm, I could see the lights [of the village]. Saw W--- and his friend Kyaw M--- were carrying beef and they [soldiers from IB #96] shot directly at them. The two people were villagers. Even though the SPDC Army shot at them, they didn't run away. They lay down in the mud with their beef. No one was hit. Then, the SPDC [soldiers] called them to porter and told the villagers to follow them.
I couldn't sleep that night [at O--- village]. I missed my child and my breast became bigger and milk came out. Because of my breast pain I cried the whole night. We were staying at O---. Before it was day, I talked with Kyaw M--- and we watched [the soldiers], and when they were sleeping, we escaped.
If I look back [at the situation], we were lucky. The places that we went through had landmines but they didn't hit us. When it was day, we arrived in P--- [village] and we ate rice, and then we continued and we arrived back at our houses [in Ny--- village]. I saw that my child was crying and that their grandmother was crying too. The system of SPDC control makes me very sad.
The SPDC Army is based in Waw Mu. They went to send food to their friends in A---. They saw me and arrested me and made me follow them. The information is true because I suffered it myself and I am reporting it.