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Burma: two members of an NGO killed in a massacre attributed to the army


Child rights NGO Save The Children confirmed on Tuesday (December 28th) the death of two of its employees in an attack in Burma. The two men had been missing since last weekend.

The humanitarian organization announced the news in an official statement. “It is with deep sadness that we confirm that two members of the Save the Children teams were among at least 35 people. […] who were killed on Friday, December 24 in an attack by the Burmese military in Kayah State. ”

In addition, the NGO claimed that “the soldiers forced people out of their cars, arrested some, killed many and burned the bodies.”

The charred remains of around 30 people were found in burnt-out trucks in Kayah state, confirming Save The Children.

A chaos that has lasted for almost a year

Noeleen Heyzer, the new UN special envoy to Burma, expressed concern on Monday at “the continued escalation of violence” in the country. She called for a ceasefire between the Burmese military junta and its opponents.

Since the putsch of 1er February, Burma sank into chaos by ending a democratic transition that began ten years ago.

In the space of ten months, more than 1,300 civilians were killed according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), another local NGO, which also reports cases of torture and extra-judicial executions.