During the operation starting from 16 February 2011, the Burma Army forced more than one hundred villagers in that area to work as porters. They carried the soldiers' rations, ammunition and miscellaneous goods to the border area for about 4 days. The victims are from the villages of Paletwa, Stamwa, Mariwa, Nygelawa, Kamwa and Taraweye in Paletwa Township. The porters had to carry their own food from their homes and did not receive any compensation.
|ALA soldiers on their way to protect people from the Burma Army|
For the above reasons, many families left their homes to avoid doing forced labor for the Burma Army. About 900 people are now in hiding in this area. They cannot return to their homes, so they are hiding in the jungle. More people are being displaced as the Burma Army operation continues. These people are experiencing food and water shortages, and they lack proper shelter. There are no schools for their children and there are no nurses or proper medical facilities.
|People fleeing from their village|
The following Burma Army battalions have been engaging in attacks against the ALA and human rights abuses against civilians: 232, 289, 55, 538, 34, 580, and 263. MOC 2 has also been involved in recent operations.
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