Displaced people in Palaw forced to return home by military council

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Palaw, February (7)

The displaced people fleeing the conflict in Palaw were forced to return home by the military regime, the aid workers who assist the IDPs told Than Lwin Times.

On February 5, the junta troops arrived at the monastery that had received the displaced people and, after questioning them, asked the monks not to accept them, forcing the IDPs to return to their homes as soon as possible.

Some had to go home as a result of the military council’s coercion, but the majority of them are frightened by the regime’s artillery strikes on a daily basis.

Most of the displaced people in Palaw are from Shappon village, and they live at monasteries or relatives’ houses, or some erect makeshift shelters on fields between Lau and Shappon villages.

Southern Monitor, a research group, reported that there were more than 7,000 IDPS fleeing their homes as a result of the conflict in Tanintharyi in January alone.

The displaced people are in desperate need of food, medical supplies, and humanitarian aid amid the restrictions imposed by the military authority.

News-Than Lwin Times

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