Residents from Shahtuzup village in Kachin State’s Hukawng Valley believe that two men that have been missing since Friday are being detained by the Burma Army. Since the beginning of the month, the area has been a scene of heavy fighting with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).Elders from Sanpya Ward in Shahtuzup, where the men are from, met with soldiers to ask for their release but were told to return later with their identification. When they came back with papers in hand, the soldiers said they were too busy with the fighting to look into the matter, causing great concern for the men’s families and their fellow villagers.
The names of the missing man are Ndau Awng and Galang Awng.
Fighting between the KIA Brigade 2’s Battalion 14 and Burma Army has caused the displacement of over 1,000 people. The school in Shahtuzup has also been closed down since last Saturday.
Residents of Hka Da Zup and Lawt Ja villages reported that the Burma Army deployed heavy weapons for 30 minutes this Sunday.
All the gold mines in the area controlled by KIA Battalion 14 to the west of Shahtuzup have closed since the fighting started, which started only days after the armed group’s political wing; the Kachin Independence Organization, hosted the ethnic summit in eastern Kachin State.
- KNG TV Sep 21 Kachin State news (KNG TV) 21 Sep 2018
- NCA လက္မွတ္ထုိး အဖြဲ႔ႏွင့္ မထုိးသည့္အဖြဲ႔မ်ား လုိင္ဇာ တြင္ ေတြ႕ဆံု ေဆြးေႏြး (News) 21 Sep 2018
- တုိင္းရင္းသားေဒသ တပ္မေတာ္ ထုိးစစ္ရပ္ရန္ ဂ်ပန္ေရာက္ ကခ်င္မ်ား ေတာင္းဆုိ (News) 21 Sep 2018
- Myanmar-China border dispute (KNG TV) 20 Sep 2018
- Myanmar UWSA army bans Christian Cross (KNG TV) 20 Sep 2018