Shelling Brings Horror of War to Laiza Civilians

Kachin soldiers and civilians carry away the boyd of Bawk Naw, who was killed during a Burmese government attack. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)

LAIZA, KACHIN STATE—Two artillery strikes by the Burmese government army on Monday hit a civilian area in Laiza where Kachin villagers were warming themselves around a fire. The Irrawaddy’s photographer Steve Tickner was on the scene several minutes after the attack to cover events.

Three people, including a teenager, were killed in the strike, while another four were injured.

Steve reports that the shelling in a central Laiza township at 8:10 am on Monday morning killed a 14-year-old boy named Hpau Yula, while a Chinese Kachin man in his fifties, named Bawk Naw also died. Bawk Naw and his wife were sitting in front of their house at the time of the attack.

The third person to die in the Burmese government strike was a church deacon named Malang Yaw. Doctors at Laiza Hospital were unable to save him. Malang Yaw had come to Laiza after fleeing his home village of Ja Ingyan to avoid the fighting.

He was one of more than 15,000 internally displaced persons to seek refuge in Laiza, a small town on the Burma-China border, where the Kachin Independence Army headquarters is located.

Heavy fighting between the Burmese government and Kachin rebels continues to rage in the strategically important mountains around Laiza valley. Injured rebels are sent to Laiza Hospital on a daily basis, while there are frequent funeral services for killed rebel soldiers.

3 Responses to Shelling Brings Horror of War to Laiza Civilians

  1. This is the latest in the demonstration of the EVIL regime painted on by Thein Sein/ Aung San Suu Kyi camouflage nad MUST be stopped immediately.

    SEIN-KYI ATROCITIES are Totally NOT acceptable.

    Civilian lives must be spared from the cowardly murderers.

    It is the responsibility of ALL PEOPLE of BURMA inside and outside the country to make it happen.
    Talking to SEIN-KYI is a waste of time.

    For this latest RWANDA/ SREBRENICA/ TIMOR/ CAMPUCHIA the taflon UNITED NATIONS will pay for it. Wake up Ban Ki-mon. Don’t wait for the Papa to say something before all the Kachins are murdered like in ALL UN Traditions.

  2. This is just the beginning. Before long, all those people carrying the victim will be dead as well just the same by then with no one left to carry or bury!. For the dogs and flies! So this guy was “lucky”!

    All people in and outside Burma eagerly supporting Thien Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi can now rejoice!!!!

    There will be more bodies and more horrid mangled massacred grisly gruesome pulps soon too, too “disturbing” for the sensitive delicate souls to uphold in the vision but it is OK for the people to suffer.

    Heil! Thamada Gyi!
    Heil! Thamada Gyi!
    Heil! Thamada Gyi!

    Heil! Aung San Suu Kyi!
    Heil! Aung San Suu Kyi!
    Heil! Aung San Suu Kyi!

    Thar-ma-nya Sayardaw would have been so, so, so PROUD!

  3. The Brutal, Barbaric Myanmar Government start to show their sharp vampire tooth.This is genocidal War committed over the Indigenous Kachin Minority, Pure Crimes Against Humanity. How long this regime will be granted freehand to commit such crimes in the daylight to tarnish the reputation of the civilized world. Declare no fly zone and cut the tooth off will be the only option to save tiny disadvantaged totally stripped Kachins.

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