Mae Hong Son, 12/7/2023 – In the early hours of July 12, 2023, a distressing incident occurred at the Daw Noe Khu Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp situated near the Thailand-Myanmar border. At approximately 12:56 am, the Myanmar military carried out an air strike on the camp, causing significant damage to the IDP high school and casualties.
The military junta’s brutal tactics, specifically their deliberate targeting of civilians through airstrikes, have instilled fear and terror among the vulnerable population. Tragically, one person was killed and three sustained injuries due to this attack. The IDPs include over one thousand students studying at the camp and Seh-Tae high school. An IDP clinic and shelters have been damaged. The IDP has expressed deep concern and attempted to seek refuge by crossing the Thailand border. The Thai military has temporarily allowed them to stay on the Thailand side for their safety.
Thankfully, many IDPs could seek shelter in the bomb shelters, which minimized the potential loss of life. The situation would have been even more catastrophic if the Myanmar air strike had occurred during daylight hours.
We strongly condemn this heinous act of violence and call upon the international community to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Karenni (Kayah) State. The displaced population’s safety and well-being are paramount, and immediate action must be taken to protect their lives and provide them with the necessary assistance and support.
We urgently appeal to humanitarian organizations, governments, and concerned individuals to extend their help and resources to aid the affected IDPs during this critical time. The international community must unite and exert pressure on the Myanmar military regime to halt their attacks on innocent civilians and uphold the fundamental rights of all individuals.
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families as they navigate this challenging and distressing situation. We remain committed to working tirelessly to restore peace, stability, and justice for the people of Karenni (Kayah) State.
The IDP population in the Daw Noe Khu IDP camp is as follows:
- Number of households: 837
- Total population: 4,854
- Number of males: 2,437
- Number of females: 2,417
- Number of children under 15 years old: 1,373