A seven-year-old girl has been killed in her father’s lap at their home in Mandalay, Myanmar after security forces opened fire indiscriminately.
The child, Khin Myo Chit, was shot in the abdomen after she ran to her father’s arms when Burmese security forces started firing and entering homes in the neighborhood of Aung Pin Le in Mandalay’s Chanmyathazi township.
According to the family of Myo Chit, the soldiers started entering homes and ordered everyone to sit down and state how many people were in the household.
“They asked if everyone in the house was there. My father responded that that was everyone. Khin Myo Chit was sitting in our father’s lap. One of them said my father was lying and looked around,” said Myo Chit’s sister Aye Chan San.
Chan San said the soldier shot Myo Chit after one of the soldiers accused their after of lying.
“The soldier who shot him had red eyes and was like an evil spirit. The soldier knew that he shot my sister. But they were shooting deliberately,” said Chan San.
Myo Chit’s 19-year-old brother was also beaten with rifle butts and taken away by the soldiers.
Aside from Myo Chit, two other Aung Pin Le residents were killed during the raids, Tin Soe Oo and Chan Thar Htwe.
Myo Chit is the youngest casualty of the Myanmar junta’s ongoing violation of human rights.
In response to Myo Chit’s death, businesses nationwide took part in a “silent strike” against the junta’s brutality.
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