Two internally displaced people die from lack of access to medical treatment as military establishes bases in Yebyu

August 9, 2022

HURFOM: The incursion of the Burmese military and establishment of its bases in Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division has led to many villagers fleeing their homes. 

Since July 30, 2022, the Burmese military has conducted military operations and established bases in villages in Yebyu Township.  Approximately 1,000 people  from five different villages have fled from their homes.

These military incursions can be linked to the deaths of at least two internally displaced persons.

In the first week of August 2022, two IDPs were unable to access medical treatment.

The two victims were a 40-year-old man from A Ka Neat village, and a 11-year-old child from Wa Zen Taw village.

The child frequently suffered from epilepsy. The child had been able to access regular medical treatments in a nearby home at a clinic in A Ka Neat, but since the family had to flee, it was not possible to maintain any regular treatments,” said a villager close to the  family.

On August 4, 2022, a 40-year-old man who had fled from home took shelter in a plantation. The individual had been seriously ill for two days. 

(Both) the child (and the man) died at the (Yebyu) IDP camp. They died at the same time in the morning. The man fled from his home and had been ill for two days. Access to any transportation is very bad, making it hard to go to the clinic (in the camp).  The camp also doesn’t have enough medicine, said another IDP.

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