Tanintharyi Villagers Flee Fighting Between Resistance and Myanmar Junta

By The Irrawaddy 8 October 2021

Nearly 1,000 villagers in Thayetchaung Township, Tanintharyi Region, have been displaced by fighting between civilian resistance fighters and junta troops, said Dawna Tanintharyi, a humanitarian group helping those left homeless.

Clashes broke out after junta troops raided villages in Taung Pyauk to the east of the Dawei-Myeik road in Dawei District on Sept. 28, detaining civilians and torching houses.

Displaced Taung Pyauk residents take shelter at a nearby village. / CJ

“Nearly 1,000 villagers have fled their homes since the raids. The numbers will increase if the clashes continue. As there are still no camps they have to cope with what they have. We are consulting to set up camps,” said a Dawna member.

Daung Min, a resistance group, confronted regime troops following the raids. It said it clashed with junta troops four times since late September.

People lack food and medicine and junta troops are tightly controlling the roads, making it difficult to supply those displaced.

“They said their food will barely last a week. We have difficulties transporting food to them. They also need medicine,” said the Dawna member.

“More people will be displaced and the problems will increase if clashes continue. [The PDFs and junta troops] should stop fighting until the civilians have escaped. Those displaced need aid and they cannot receive any supplies,” said a resident.

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