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July 30, 1996


On 05,07,96, a group of rebels held up a mini bus that carried over 30 peoples
near Nyorng Thork, between Parng Pao ( between Murng Nai - Larng Khur ) and Wan
He ( 4 miles east of Murng Nai ). It was a regular bus that run between Larng
Khur - Taunggyi. The bus did not stop, and drove quickly away. But it met
another group not very far away that shot at it, killing 5 civilian passengers.

Not very long after that incident, Burmese troops from Murng Nai came to search
the area and were ambushed by the rebels. Three Burmese soldiers died. The
identity of the rebels was unknown.


On 01.07.96, more than 60 troops of SLORC no. 331 came to Ai Long village, a
former MTA village hat had surrended, Loi Taw Kham village tract, Tachilek
township. The soldiers behaved properly towards the villagers and left early the
next morning for Ae Ti militia camp after spending a night at the village.

And on 02.07.96, a group of over 60 troops of no. 526 came and alleged the
villagers of Wan Ai Long of harbouring MTA soldiers who have not surrendered,
and ransacked every house in the village. They shouted at the villagers and beat
the village headman Ar Nyu ( an Akha ), age 69, breaking two of his teeth and
making him lose consciousness for a long while.

They shot and took all the live-stock and looted all the shops and burned down
two houses, causing 20 households of the villagers to flee to Thailand and never
dare to return to live as before.

It is said that on 05.07.96, the Burmese troops brought in porters from other
villages to carry all the properties in Wan Ai Long to the militia camp at Ae Ti
village. Wan Ai Long was to be left deserted, and they posted their agents to
secretly watch the place, with duty to report to the militia camp if they saw
someone came to the village.

At " Wat Loi Taw Kham ", a Buddhist temple at Wan Ai Long, only one large Buddha
image that was too heavy to carry was left. Some villagers ironically commented
that it was lucky the troops had not burned the temple, or their Buddha would
have to bear the rain for the rest of the season.

It was fortunate for the displaced villagers to received helps - blankets,
clothes, rice, pots and pans etc. - from some kind-hearted NGOs', especially the
BRC. Otherwise, how hard the life of these displaced people of Shan State might
have been.