New Government Urged to Act on Landmines in Burma, Moe Myint, the Irrawaddy, 5 April 2016

Shalini Bahuguna, deputy representative of UNICEF Myanmar urged the government to join the convention during International Mine Action Day activities in Yangon.

Ma Chit Thet Wai of Nyaung Pin Tha village in Pegu Division’s Kyaukkyi Township, a landmine survivor, spoke at the event of her feelings of shame and difficulties in finding job opportunities. She lost her leg when she stepped on a landmine in 2007, in territory under contested control by both the Karen National Union (KNU) and Burma Army.

Also speaking at the event, the former Commander in Chief of the Burma Army, and NLD patron, Thura U Tin Oo, acknowledged that landmine factories existed during his time in the Burma Army—and were still producing ordnance today. He noted that civil casualties were occurring due to mine use by both the Army and ethnic armed groups. (See earlier statements by Thura U Tin Oo on this website)

 
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