On Monday, April 22nd, the European Union considered a permanent lifting of sanctions on the Burma regime. Citing promising signs of freedom, European leaders feel the end of restrictions on the regime is warranted.
Yet, just last week, the regime’s army wrecked havoc in Eastern Burma. On April 14th and 15th, the Burma soldiers arrested and beat 15 adult men – beating several until they were unconscious. The soldiers destroyed one man’s vehicle and robbed another. During this same time, an army unit fired 10 mortar rounds into Loi Zay village – injuring a 20 month of boy and an 8 year old boy. Further south, another army unit fired 40 shells into the village of Mong Kay, damaging the school and numerous homes. Apparently, not satisfied with the destruction it caused, the soldiers indiscriminately fired automatic weapons into numerous homes.
As a result, in the first weeks of this month, more than 400 villagers have fled their homes, seeking sanctuary in other villages or the jungle area. They are cut off from their food supplies, meager medical support and schools – not to mention economic livelihood.
Sadly, all this occurs far removed from the media spotlight. It creates a permissive atmosphere for the brutal regime to act with impunity. The EU’s action only reinforces and encourages such activities for their failing to hold the regime accountable.
This reality reinforces why cross border organizations, like BHM’s Backpack Health Worker Teams, remain as critical today as they’ve been for the past 14 years.
Where there is violence, we shall bring compassion and care.
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