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Title: Life inside the Burma Army
Date of publication: 09 May 2008
Description/subject: "The military regime's inability to effectively respond to the humanitarian catastrophe lying in the wake of Cyclone Nargis reflects, along with the regime's traditional neglect of civilian interests, underlying fissures within the country's armed forces. Threats, physical abuse and under nourishment are rife in the Burma Army, according to testimonies provided by recent SPDC deserters. These statements support reports coming out from other sources about the declining morale within Burma's armed forces, and the regime's increasing reliance on forced conscription, including of children, in an attempt to meet unrealistic objectives of military expansion. Tension and violence within the ranks of the Burma Army led one deserter interviewed by KHRG to turn his gun on a senior officer, killing him before fleeing from his army unit."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (551K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/khrg08b4.pdf
Date of entry/update: 09 March 2015