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Saturday, November 5, 2016

FBR: Burma Army Attacks Kachin at Gidon Mountain – Photos and Video

 
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Burma Army Attacks Kachin at Gidon Mountain – Photos and Video

5 November, 2016

Gidon Post, Kachin State, Northern Burma

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Since August 16, 2016 the Burma Army has been attacking the Kachin as they try to hold Gidon Mountain. Gidon Mountain is important to the Kachin because it allows the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) access to IDP camps north of Gidon Mountain. If the Burma Army succeeded in their attacks and was able to capture Gidon then those IDP camps would be cut off from aid from the KIO. The vast majority of aid to the IDPs in Kachin state come from local Kachin based NGOs and the local Kachin government.

The Burmese government has rarely allowed permission for NGOs to deliver food aid to IDPs in the non-government controlled parts of Kachin State.

Rockets fired from Mi-35 attack helicoper at Gidon Mountain. Photo: FBR.
Rockets fired from Mi-35 attack helicoper at Gidon Mountain. Photo: FBR.

During reconnaissance of Burma Army positions we could see the commander of the troops in bunkers under the school and soldiers meeting at the school in a village called N'khram. We were also able to see the Burma Army based- in and dug around the Kachin Baptist Church. The villagers from N'khram had fled from their village to IDP camps near the Chinese border because of attacks by the Burma Army in December 2011. Villagers from N'khram, living in Maga Yang IDP camp, confirmed from photos that the places where the Burma Army was positioned were in fact the school and church of N'khram village.

Burma Army at N'khram school. Photo: FBR.
Burma Army at N’khram school. Photo: FBR.

Three requests

  1. That the Burma Army would cease their attacks upon the Kachin people and Kachin Army.
  2. That Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD would publicly say that they do not support the Burma Army's attacks in Kachin State.
  3. That the Burma Army and the Burmese government would allow the free flow of aid to the IDPs suffering from the continued attacks and blockade imposed by the Burma Army.

Thanks and God Bless You,

Kachin Free Burma Ranger teams

 

Kachin soldier on Gidon. Photo: FBR.
Kachin soldier on Gidon. Photo: FBR.
N'khram church with dug in fighting positions around its perimeter. Photo: FBR.
N’khram church with dug in fighting positions around its perimeter. Photo: FBR.
Grave of a Kachin soldier. Photo: FBR.
Grave of a Kachin soldier. Photo: FBR.
Unexploded bomb droped from a jet aircraft on Gidon Post. Photo: FBR.
Unexploded bomb droped from a jet aircraft on Gidon Post. Photo: FBR.
Damage from airplane-dropped bomb near Gidon Post. Photo: FBR.
Damage from airplane-dropped bomb near Gidon Post. Photo: FBR.


The Free Burma Rangers’ (FBR) mission is to provide hope, help and love to internally displaced people inside Burma, regardless of ethnicity or religion. Using a network of indigenous field teams, FBR reports on human rights abuses, casualties and the humanitarian needs of people who are under the oppression of the Burma Army. FBR provides medical, spiritual and educational resources for IDP communities as they struggle to survive Burmese military attacks.

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