More than 200 villagers fled their homes after fighting broke out between the Burma Army and forces belonging to the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State’s Muse District on Friday.
The internally displaced persons (IDPs) are from Man Kawng village in Kyukok—also known as Pang Seng—sub-district. They said that they left because they were afraid of artillery shells hitting their 47-household village.
“People began to flee on Friday morning. More than 200 people have sought refuge in Man Pying Church. Some people are staying in their relatives’ homes,” a volunteer helping the IDPs told KNG.
The headman of Man Kawng said that the IDPs were in need of emergency food aid and medicine. At the time of reporting, they were still unable return to their homes.