This is the US Campaign for Burma’s 28th monthly On-The-Ground in Burma briefer! This month’s briefer will discuss the devastation following Cyclone Mocha and the struggle of civilians in impacted areas. This briefer also features an interview with a resettled refugee in the U.S.
This month’s briefer includes:
- May highlights
- An analysis on the aftermath of Cyclone Mocha and the difficulties of those in impacted areas
- Four major policy recommendations
- A feature interview with a resettled refugee in the U.S.
- An overview of IDP issues and rights abuses in each ethnic state and central Burma
As the conflict escalates in Burma between the pro-junta militias, anti-coup forces, and the military, so has the violence and rights deprivations in ethnic regions and central Burma. Without strong tangible action, the Burmese junta will continue to commit crimes against humanity with impunity.
- On May 18, it was reported that Cyclone Mocha struck Matupi Township, Chin state and damaged at least 887 structures.
- 10,000 IDPs from 12 Shwegu Township villages have been hiding in the hills, fields, and mountains of their township since a junta campaign in March destroyed over 1,000 homes.
- On May 7, a fire erupted in a Muslim refugee camp in Pauktaw Township, Rakhine state, leaving almost 200 homes destroyed and 3,000 people homeless.
- In Kantbalu Township, at least 20,000 residents living in around 20 villages were forced to flee during military raids.
- In early May, junta airstrikes damaged over 300 homes in four villages across Pinlaung Township.
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