10,945 refugees have had to run into the jungle from Mindat for threat of their life. They have found shelter in surrounding Chin villages. When the known refugee numbers were only 4,000, the UN asked for authorization of Humanitarian Aid; however, the military did not authorize them.
We are working with locals on the ground who are willing to risk their life to bring aid to 1,530 of the most isolated refugees. Although we cannot share the details directly how we are helping, we will ask those helping to send blurred face photos for proof of delivery when possible without compromising location or persons involved as it may make them targets for the military.
The current price for rice in Myanmar is $26/bag. This bag will last one person for two months. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $20,000 a month to ensure the most isolated 1,530 have the enough rice to survive.
Thank you for your donations and prayers. All the donations are handled through CBRTN to make them tax deducible and if you would prefer to send a check you can do so at:
PO Box 528
Indian Hills, CO 80454
In February 2021, the Burmese military staged a coup to be declared the supreme power like in previous history causing the whole country to rise in protest against the military dictatorship. Since then, 837 people have been killed and 4370 have been arrested and tortured all documented by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
On April 24th, the military had arrested seven youth in Mindat for putting up stickers with anti-regime slogans on them. When the locals demanded their release, a battle broke out between the military and locals armed with their hunting muskets and double barreled shotguns. The battle ragged on for four days. As the junta sent reinforcements to the town by truck, the Mindat locals would ambush them on the road causing the military to retreat and eventually coming to a ceasefire agreement. The ceasefire agreement was dependent on the release of the seven youth prisoners.
After 10 days of unsuccessful negotiations of the release of five youth prisoners between the Mindat locals and the military, clashes reignited on May 12, 2021. This lead to the military sending in over 1000 troops via helicopters and using over 30 rounds of artillery fire on civilian homes. Our close friend in Mindat told us one of those rounds went off right in front of his house. Since he told us this, we have not been able to reach him.
We pray that our friend is one of the many to escape into the jungle as we have heard that the military is using snipers to kill anyone who enters the main street. They also arrested at least 15 including children and women to use as human shields. We have now heard one confirmed report of rape of a 13 year old girl and possible other rape cases as a way to make the Mindat locals lose heart.