A Burmese Minister Claims That "Hundreds Of Children Have Been Detained By The Army"

Children across Burma (Myanmar) have been taken away by the military junta since it regained power nearly 2 years go, with many being held as ransom by soldiers and police who are seeking to arrest their parents.

Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe, the minister of Women's, Youth's, and Children's Affairs in the opposition party NUG said that hundreds of children under the age of 18 have been detained since early 2021.

The exact whereabouts of the children are unknown according to the minister, a further 80 school children under the age of 12 have been arrested at a Buddhist monastery in Yinmabin Township in the Sagaing Region as the area was targeted by the military for being a safe haven armed rebels.

The parents or grandparents of these children are members of the resistance army formed after the junta regained power, and they fear coming forward would result in them and the child being killed.

The military junta has unleashed a campaign of terror on the citizens of Burma as a means of crushing the pro democracy movement that continues to oppose the junta, at least 1,600 resistance fighters have been killed in the jungle warfare in Burma and more than 12,800 have been taken as POWs according to the UN.

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