“The DKBA renegades employed guerrilla tactics,” said a local BGF commander.
“We have only rice for survival,” said Saw Swe Tun, the camp administrator.
Thousands of civilians remain displaced by the conflict between a DKBA splinter group and the joint Tatmadaw-Border Guard Force contingent in Karen State.
A human rights group in Karen State is calling for the demilitarisation of former conflict areas to ensure that Burma’s ongoing peace process is “stable and long lasting”.
Saw Kyaw Thet and Saw San Aung’s renegade faction has frequently engaged in armed clashes against Burmese government forces in recent years.
The DKBA renegade faction has denied reports that its leader, Col. Saw San Aung, had been killed in a clash with Burmese government forces.