1000 Karen villagers displaced by attacks

Jun 10, 2008 (DVB), Around 1000 villagers from Pha-pon district have been forced to flee after Burmese troops advanced on the area, according to Karen National Union spokesperson Pado Saw David Htaw.

The villagers have been hiding in the jungle since the government forces set fire to Theh Mu Doh village, Pado Saw David Htaw said.

"The Burmese Army has advanced into Pha-pon district and villagers have been forced to move out of the area," the spokesperson said.

"The Burmese government’s Light Infantry Battalion 567 and 240 recently entered the area around Theh Mu Doh village and burnt it down thus, causing locals in nearby villages to flee their homes in fear," he said.

"About 1000 villagers from seven nearby villages, including Teh-O Doh, Padeh Doh, Theh Khaw Boh Baw and Kyi Boh Doh, have now been displaced and are hiding in the jungle."

Reporting by Aye Nai

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