Civilians from four villages desperately need of food and medicine after the military and Pyusawhtee soldiers forced them from their homes in Khin U Township, Sagaing Region.
After the soldiers occupied Pyin Htawng, Ywa Thit Kon, Inpat, Intailay, Thayet Pinsu and Byin Dau, no one can return to their homes. Over 100 people, including many senior citizens and children, are housed in a Buddhist monastery and school in the western township.
“Their villages are very close to a military camp and Pyusawhtee village,” said an officer for the information department of a civil administration against the dictatorship.
A mother affected by the fighting who has just given birth to twins cannot produce milk to feed her babies, but it is difficult to find powdered milk, he said, explaining that there are more pregnant women displaced by the violence. Some of the children have diarrhoea.
The imposition of martial law in Khin U has made it difficult for civilians to seek safety from the junta’s offensive, the officer said, and connectivity has been cut, making it difficult to communicate. As displaced and unemployed, they face “economic hardship”.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, some 750,000 people have been displaced in Sagaing Region since the coup.