November 16, 2021, Comment off
Thlanrawn: Falam township village Myanmar junta troops burned and destroyed
Thlanrawn village is located in Falam Township, situated next to the main road of Falam-Hakha Road. The new village of Thlanrawn has approximately 29 houses, the old village has roughly 71 houses. The village’s total population is around 500 people. Since July, the military junta troops have invaded the village three times, causing every villager to flee to nearby villages or to Falam town for their safety.
Under the name of “Operation Anawrahta (အနော်ရထာစစ်ဆင်ရေး)”, the military junta moved its troops, doing clearance operations in Chin State. As part of its operations, the troops entered Chin villages along the way, burglarizing homes, burning and destroying houses and property systematically.
Incursion by the military council troops
On 21 July, the military council troops arrived at the new village of Thlanrawn and camped for one night. During their encampment, the military council stole villagers’ clothes and belongings from their homes such as warm clothes, rice, pigs, and chickens. Furthermore, they threatened villagers with their weapons which eventually forced the villagers to flee their homes to the forest. The villagers were able to return to the village only after the Burmese military council troops left the village.
From 1st to 15th August, another offensive by the military council took place in Falam Township on the Falam-Hakha road as the fighting resumed. As a result of the fight, almost the entire village of Thlanrawn had to flee once more.
In October, heavy fighting erupted in Chin State under the “Anawrahta Operation” by the military council. The junta had set up camps in villages along the route of their march. Camping in the village, burglary and arson were carried out to intimidate the civilians.
On 14th October, the military council troops marching towards Hakha from Falam township invaded the new village of Thlanrawn and set houses ablaze. Around 14 houses, including the pastor’s house, were burnt down. Not only did they break into homes, but they also stole and killed domestic animals.
On 25th October, another military convoy returning from Hakha to Falam, re-entered the new village of Thlanrawn and set fire to three more houses. Thlanrawn Baptist Church’s pews and Hymns were also destroyed. The value of damages was estimated at over 158.9 million Myanmar Kyats.
List of military council thefts between July and August, 2021
|Sr. No||Particular||Quantity||Value||Total loss value|
|3||A bag of Rice||17||50,000||850,000|
|14||Motorcycle Repair Fee||1||200,000||200,000|
|20||Pots and pans: dozens of porcelain plates||3||66,000|
|25||Large cooking pot||7||15,000||105,000|
|26||Blood pressure monitor||1||50,000||50,000|
Estimate value of damages from fires in October, 2021
|No||Head of Household||MMK||Remark|
|1||Pa Van Thawm Lian||10,771,000||14-Oct-21|
|2||Nu Sui Nei Iang||8,455,000||14-Oct-21|
|3||Pa Than Sum||5,478,000||14-Oct-21|
|4||Pa Hram Ngerh||14,470,000||14-Oct-21|
|5||Pastor Biak Thluai (quarter)||13,066,000||14-Oct-21|
|6||Pastor Biak Thluai||2,036,500||14-Oct-21|
|7||Pa Nawl Kip Thang||7,018,000||14-Oct-21|
|8||Pa Mawng Uk Thang||8,205,000||14-Oct-21|
|9||Pa Mang Or||7,825,000||14-Oct-21|
|10||Nu Phun Thim||5,615,000||14-Oct-21|
|11||Pa Van Thawng Uk||5,345,000||14-Oct-21|
|12||Nu Hrang Kip Hliang||11,115,000||14-Oct-21|
|13||Pa San Mang||21,990,000||14-Oct-21|
|14||Pa Bawi Lian Nawl||9,716,000||14-Oct-21|
|15||Pa Dawt Hlei Cung||9,176,000||25-Oct-21|
|16||Pa Biak San Ceu||4,715,000||25-Oct-21|
|17||Pa Tawk Nei Zul||5,025,000||25-Oct-21|
Current situation and needs
Due to the arson of the military council, almost all the villages were destroyed.
Now there is no one living in the new village of Thlanrawn . Currently, they’re living in schools and the school staffs’ quarters of the old Thlanrawn village. Some families who have fled to Falam town have returned to the old Thlanrawn village. A few IDPs were infected with Covid-19.
In conclusion, the villagers of Thlanrawn had to flee the village three times due to the military invasions. Burglary, house burning, shooting in the village with heavy weapons is a deliberate act committed by the military council against civilians.
The actions of the military council not only violate the provisions of the domestic criminal law, but also force civilians to leave their homes and are crimes against humanity.