Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shattered lives: In Burma, rape is used as a weapon by soldiers

In the corner of an up-market Chiang Mai coffee shop, three women, spanning three generations, sort through maps, photographs and reports detailing the injuries, rapes and murders of ethnic women recently brutalised by Burmese army soldiers.

The eldest of the women, Shirley Seng, 61, leans forward and explains.

"No woman is safe from these soldiers. In the last six weeks, starting on the ninth of June, 32 women and girls in Kachin State have been raped... 13 of those were killed." (more)