Fleeing violence in Myanmar, hundreds camp alongside Thai border river

At least 2,000 males, girls and kids are reportedly camped out in 4 separate places on the Myanmar aspect of the Moei River.

Thousands of Myanmar villagers have been pressured to dwell underneath makeshift tents alongside a river that borders Thailand, terrified of returning to houses they stated had been bombarded by navy air raids, however reluctant to hunt refuge throughout the frontier.

Heavy combating between the Myanmar navy, which seized energy in a coup final yr, and resistance fighters has killed or displaced hundreds of civilians on this area and elsewhere.

Many have fled to Thailand, however poor circumstances in refugee camps there have prompted some to return to the Myanmar aspect of the border, and human rights teams have known as for extra assist for the displaced.

Reuters information company reporters on the Thai aspect of the Moei River on Friday noticed an estimated 2,000 males, girls and kids living underneath tarps on the other financial institution in 4 separate places.

One girl from the camp, Sabal Phyu, 42, had waded throughout the loosely patrolled border to gather donated meals and bottled water, earlier than returning to the Myanmar aspect of the river.

“Over there, we received good aid donations but it was very crowded and difficult to live. Here, we have more freedom,” Sabal Phyu informed Reuters.

Sabal Phyu stated she initially crossed into Thailand along with her husband and 4 kids however got here again to the border space after being packed into an empty cattle barn with different refugees near the Thai city of Mae Sot.

About 8,000 Myanmar refugees are staying in momentary shelters in Thailand, in line with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

A spokesperson for Myanmar’s navy authorities didn’t reply calls from Reuters in search of remark.

Humanitarian obligations

Asked in regards to the Thai camp circumstances, Thailand authorities spokeswoman Ratchada Dhanadirek stated the nation was “taking care of the refugees” and finishing up its duties “according to international human rights standards”.

The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, stated on Friday it had not been granted entry by the Thai authorities to the websites in Mae Sot the place refugees are being hosted and in addition can not entry the Myanmar aspect of the border.

UNHCR has provided mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets and facemasks to help the humanitarian response being led by Thai authorities, spokesperson Kasita Rochanakorn stated.

The deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch stated Thailand wanted to do extra to help these displaced by combating in Myanmar.

“Thailand must recognise that their humanitarian obligations to refugees involve more than just allowing some food and medicine packages across the border,” Phil Robertson stated.

Elsewhere in Myanmar, there have been reviews of a village within the northern Sagaing division being allegedly attacked on Friday by the navy.

Residents of Kan Gyi East village in Kanbalu township had been pressured to flee on Friday morning, as safety forces reportedly beat residents and arrested not less than 20 of them, whereas burning houses and killing livestock, in line with social media posts, which embody pictures exhibiting the alleged assault.

Al Jazeera couldn’t independently affirm the reviews, and the navy has but to touch upon the incident.

Myanmar has been in turmoil for the reason that navy overthrew a civilian authorities led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, triggering protests and sporadic clashes within the countryside between anti-junta militia and the military.

More than 1,400 civilians and protesters have been killed by Myanmar safety forces for the reason that coup, in line with the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners activist group.

The navy has stated these figures, extensively cited by worldwide organisations, are exaggerated.

Moei RiverRefugees, fleeing a flare-up in combating between the Myanmar military and armed teams,  have settled quickly on the Moei River Bank and obtained assist from Thailand on the Thai-Myanmar border on Thursday [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]


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