Teacher, other villagers lead arson attack on Kachin village

Nearly 400 houses, school in Tar Ma Hkan village state burned to the ground.
By RFA Burmese
2024.04.10
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Charred debris is strewn about Tar Ma Hkan village, Hpakant township, Kachin state, in mid-March 2024. (Citizen journalist)

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The remains of a burned building are seen in Tar Ma Hkan village, Hpakant township, Kachin state, in mid-March 2024. (Citizen journalist)

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A burned camera was found amid the ruins of Tar Ma Hkan village, Hpakant township, Kachin state, in mid-March 2024. (Citizen Journalist)

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Charred debris is seen in Tar Ma Hkan village, Hpakant township, Kachin state, in mid-March 2024. (Citizen journalist)

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Damaged buildings are seen in Tar Ma Hkan village, Hpakant township, Kachin state, in mid-March 2024. (Citizen journalist)

A female middle school teacher and other villagers who supported the Myanmar junta led troops and pro-junta militia in an arson attack on a Kachin state village that destroyed nearly 400 houses.

"They set fire to every house along the main street of the village,” a woman wrote about the March 3 attack on Tar Ma Hkan village in a message to RFA. In addition to the homes, the village school and a monastery were destroyed.

Another woman who lost her home in the attack told RFA, "She worked as a school teacher in the village for almost 30 years. She used to be a supporter of the military. I don't know why she led pro-junta militias to burn down the homes. As my own teacher since I was young, I couldn't help but be surprised.”

The teacher was later killed in fighting between a joint unit of Kachin Independence Army and People’s Defense Force fighters and junta troops, the woman said.

Translated by Kalyar Lwin. Edited by Paul Nelson.

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