At least 43 children killed by military personnel in Myanmar

At least 43 minors have been killed by elements of the Myanmar Armed Forces since the military coup d’état on February 1, denounced the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children.

In a statement, the NGO said that the number of minors killed by the military has doubled in the past 12 days, “which shows absolute disdain” for “the lives of children”.

The youngest victim was a seven-year-old girl and there are at least 15 minors aged 16, as documented by several activists, who point to at least 521 people killed for the repression of the Burmese military.

Save the Children added that the number of minors injured in the wake of the reprisals is “significant”, including a one-year-old baby who was hit with a rubber bullet.

The NGO also warned of the alleged bombing a school in Kayin province on March 29, following several air strikes that have driven thousands of people to flee their homes.

“We are concerned with [a possibilidade de] these children continue to be the targets of these attacks, despite repeated requests for protection. It is especially horrifying that several [menores] have been killed in their own homes, where they should be safe “, stressed the non-governmental organization.

The military coup on February 1 struck Myanmar’s fragile democracy after the victory of Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s party in the November 2020 elections.

The military seized power alleging irregularities during last year’s electoral process, despite the fact that electoral authorities denied the existence of fraud.

Since then, thousands of people have demonstrated against the military coup, especially in the economic capital, Yangon, and in Mandalay.

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