The NGO Save the Children announced Saturday, November 25 that two members of its staff in Burma were “missing” after the discovery of charred bodies in vehicles taken the day before in an attack in the east of the country.
Horror scene in Burma. Several photos and videos were posted on social media, showing two trucks and a car set on fire on a road in Hpruso township, eastern Kayah state, with bodies inside.
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An employee of Save the Children and the car belongs to Save the Children are among at least 35 people killed & inhumanly burned to ashes by Myanmar junta’s army in Hpruso Town, Kayah State, on 24 December.# Dec25Coup#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/d2jyV2H5Cy
– Y3 Y3 (@ Natasha230121) December 25, 2021
Save The Children later announced that two of its staff were “missing”, before claiming that their private vehicle had been “attacked and set on fire”.
“We are horrified by the violence targeting innocent civilians and our staff who are dedicated to humanitarian tasks, helping millions of children in need in Burma,” commented the leader of the British NGO.
Burma has sunk into chaos since the February 1 putsch that ended a decade-long democratic transition. In ten months, more than 1,300 civilians have been killed, according to a local NGO, the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), which reports cases of torture and extra-judicial executions.
In response, PDF citizen militias have sprung up in the country and regularly inflict setbacks on the powerful Burmese army.
In this catastrophic political and social context, which raged a few months after the military coup against her government, the former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, is still under house arrest.