Thousands fled to Thai border after Myanmar`s shelling
Published: 01:48 PM, 9 January 2022
Thousands have fled their homes in the face of Myanmar's military shelling from military aircraft and taken refuge on the banks of a river bordering Thailand.
The homeless people of Myanmar are now living a dehumanized life by pitching temporary tents there. The Myanmar residents said that they had taken refuge in the riverside area of Thailand as they could not return home for the fear of the army.
Myanmar's military has been battling 'resistance fighters' since coming to power in a coup on February 1 last year. Thousands of Myanmar civilians have been displaced or killed since the coup.
Though The residents of Myanmar have fled to neighboring Thailand, many are returning to the border areas of Myanmar as conditions in the refugee camps have deteriorated. International human rights organizations have called for more assistance to the displaced.
On Friday, Reuters correspondents saw about 2,000 men, women and children under canopy on the bank of Moe River bordering Thailand. They have taken shelter under tents in at least four separate places on the banks of the Moe River.
Sabal Feu, 42, who crossed the river to the Thai border to fetch relief food and water bottles, said, 'We have received relief aid at the Thai border. But there is huge crowd and it has become difficult to save lives. But here we have more freedom.'
She said she first crossed the river to Thailand with her husband and four children. They were crammed with other refugees into an empty cattle shed near the city, Mae Sot, Thailand. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says about 8,000 Myanmar refugees are currently being held in temporary shelters in Thailand.
The spokesman for Myanmar's military government did not respond to phone calls. Asked about the situation in Thai asylum camps, Thailand government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhanadirek said his country was 'fulfilling its responsibilities' and 'caring for refugees' in accordance with international human rights standards.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday that the Thai government had barred refugees from entering the town of Mae Sot. UNHCR was not even allowed to enter the border areas of Myanmar.
The local human rights group, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, says the military has killed more than 1,400 civilians and protesters since the February 1 coup. However, the junta claimed that the death toll was exaggerated by various international organizations.