The junta and militiamen entered the village under cover of darkness and began torching houses. A 13-year-old child was shot dead during the December 19 raid in Zee Pin Thar village in Sagaing, witnesses said.
The sixth-grade student was one of 157 children killed by the military this year as it tried to consolidate its power after it ousted an elected government in a February 1, 2021 coup, according to a report by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. a Thailand-based group that monitors human rights abuses by Myanmar’s military published December 23.
The group said a total of 267 children have been killed in junta raids since the coup. Save the Children, an international aid organization, estimates that another 520,000 children have had to flee their homes in Myanmar because of the conflict.
Su Ya Ti Hlaing
One of the most notorious military attacks occurred in Let Yet Kone village in Tabayin Municipality in September, when military helicopters attacked a school, killing 13 people, including seven children.
Su Ya Ti Hlaing, 8, was among the dead. Her family said they were not given an opportunity to see her child’s body.
Photo of the backpack of Su Yati Hlang, 8, who was killed in the junta helicopter attack on Let Yet Kone Elementary School in Tabayin Township in Sagaing on September 16, 2022, , Credit-Citizen Journalist
“Bystanders told me that Su Ya Ti Hlaing and other children were put in bags and taken away in their cars,” her grandmother told RFA. “They didn’t give us their bodies. They have shot at the school with children in it over a thousand times. My child was badly hit. Her guts fell out of her little lap.”
Jin Ngai Hoek
Tom Andrews, the UN special envoy for human rights in Myanmar, said in June that at least 382 children had been killed or maimed by airstrikes or heavy artillery by the Myanmar military since the coup.
Jin Ngai Hoek, a 6-year-old from Kale in Sagaing region, was seriously injured when shrapnel from an artillery shell pierced her right temple during a junta attack on her village on July 3.
Photo of Kyin Nget Hauk, 6, who was hit by shrapnel from an artillery shell fired by the junta’s forces on July 3, 2022 in Kalay, Sagaing region, Credit-Citizen journalist
“Doctors in Mandalay performed a CT scan to examine the bladder in her head. And then they didn’t dare to do an operation to remove it,” said Jin Ngai, his mother. “They said it was dangerous and could only be successfully removed abroad and they couldn’t guarantee success because they didn’t have the proper medical equipment with them there.”
Jin Ngai Hoek cannot remember her name or stand for long because of her injury, her mother said.
Brothers wounded and killed
On the morning of July 12, a 12-year-old boy was playing with his 3-year-old brother indoors when a military convoy attacked their village of Pyar Sa Khan in Thandaung Gyi commune in Kayin state. Both brothers lost their legs.
“We played in our house. They just shot us all. My leg was shot. They were moving and shooting everywhere,” said the 12-year-old. “I heard boom, boom, boom so many times. Both I and my brothers were shot in the legs. Our legs hurt a lot. I also have a headache.”
A 3-year-old child was injured by stray bullets fired by a military convoy at Pyar Sakhan village, Thandaung Gyi municipality, Kayin state on July 12, 2022 Photo credit: Citizen Journalist
The military’s scorched-earth counterinsurgency campaign — which includes airstrikes, heavy artillery and the burning of towns and villages — continues to threaten civilians, particularly children and the elderly, who find it harder to escape attacks. Even after the military retreats, dangers remain.
UNICEF Myanmar reported that 115 children were killed by ammunition left after fighting between the military and insurgents.
Undated photos of two 7-year-old children killed in the blast while playing with unexploded grenades dropped by the junta’s military forces in Gangaw, Magway region, Credit-Citizen Journalist
These include Pyae Sone Aung and Min Htut Zaw. The 7-year-old boys were unfortunate enough to find a grenade that was reportedly abandoned by military forces in Kan village in Gangaw township, Magway region.
“The children played with the 40mm grenade, throwing and catching it,” said Yu Ko, a villager. “Then one of them hit it with a rock and the two children were killed in the blast.”
Translated by Myo Min Aung. Edited by Jim Snyder and Malcolm Foster.