TEXT: In Hiding: A year of survival under the Burma Army, 2004-2005
TEXT: This video was taken inside Burma from January 2004 to January 2005. It gives insight into the situation of displaced people in parts of the
Karen, Karenni, Shan and Arakan States. Due to attacks by the Burma Army, there are over 1 million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Burma.
TEXT: January 2004 Karen and Karenni States
NARRATOR These are some of 5,000 Karenni and Karen villagers forced to flee by Burma Army attacks. These people are in hiding.
NARRATOR: This village was attacked, rice barns burned, and mines laid by the Burma Army. This is where a 17 year old villager stepped on one of the
NARRATOR: He was carried for four days to a mobile clinic.
TEXT: Western Karen State
MAN, SUBTITLES: We heard gunshots and the enemy came into the school. They arrested many people including students and teachers. Three of them were my
children. By the grace of God and arrangements of our leaders, two of my sons are back. But we haven't heard about our daughter. We don't have the means to find her. So we depend on our
leaders, and the one in heaven. If you look at our life it is very sad. Because of this child we cry a lot. WOMAN, SUBTITLES: We want her back. INTERVIEWER, SUBTITLES: You want to see her...
MAN, SUBTITLES: My wife and I are like dead people. When we think about our daughter our minds are distant. We can't hear when people speak. We are almost like crazy people. Mindless.
TEXT: Northern Karen State
NARRATOR: Burma Army troops are attacking IDPs.
NARRATOR: These people are fleeing the same attack.
TEXT: Karenni State
MAN, SUBTITLES: If it wasn't for the Burma Army it wouldn't be like this. She wouldn't have died. If it wasn't for the Burma Army, we could live in our
own places peacefully. Because of the enemy we live in fear of killing, oppression, and torture. We have been running until now, until she died. I have lost her and now I only have this little
child. I have no one to look after her, I cannot do it alone. I don't know what to do.
TEXT: February 2004, Karenni State
NARRATOR: This seventy year old man was killed and then decapitated by Burma Army forces.
TEXT: March-April 2004 Arakan State
NARRATOR: These are Arakan IDPs moving to their hiding place.
TEXT: Shan State
NARRATOR: These Shan villagers were shot by Burma Army troops.
TEXT: May 2004 Shan State
NARRATOR: These Shan soldiers are under attack while bringing relief to Pa-O IDPs. This woman and her family are fleeing a forced relocation site in
TEXT: June 2004 Karenni IDP hide site
NARRATOR: Villagers in this hiding place are preparing to flee the Burma Army.
TEXT: July 2004 Karen State
NARRATOR: These medics are treating a victim of a Burma Army land mine.
TEXT: September 2004 Mergui-Tavoy Southern Karen
NARRATOR: This village was destroyed and four people killed by the Burma Army. This was a school. This woman's husband was one of the people
TEXT: Karenni-Karen border
NARRATOR: This grandmother was shot and her grandson killed during an attack on her hiding place.
TEXT: October 2004 Western Karen State
NARRATOR: This is forced labor on a road in Nyaunglebin district.
TEXT: November-December 2004 Western Karen State
NARRATOR: Over 8,000 people were displaced by attacks in Western and Northern Karen State. Homes, schools and over 20,000 baskets of rice were burned.
These IDPs can only cook at night, so that the Burma Army cannot see the smoke from their fires. With the Burma Army still in the area, these people risk returning to the remains of their homes
and barns to gather rice.
NARRATOR: LIB 350 was one of the six battalions that attacked and occupy this area. This is a victim of a land mine.
NARRATOR: These villagers are attempting to salvage rice scattered and burned by the Burma Army. Villagers from another area are carrying relief to the
people who were attacked.
TEXT: January 2005 Northern Karen State
NARRATOR: These are some of 440 IDPs in hiding. Earlier, two of the villagers were killed and their village attacked by the Burma Army. These IDPs live
near a road the Burma Army is building using forced labor from surrounding villages.
NARRATOR: The IDPs are receiving relief supplies.
NARRATOR: Two miles away, the Burma Army is concentrating its efforts to build new roads and outposts. These villagers are being forced to give
livestock to Burma Army troops.
TEXT: The oppression by the Burma Army continues.
TEXT: For more information please contact: www.freeburmarangers.org
TEXT: Produced by Front Films (c) 2005 Free Burma Rangers
In Hiding: A Year of Survival Under the Burma Army
[Contains Graphic Content] Ten minute documentary depicting the lives of internally displaced peoples in the Karen, Karenni, Shan and Arakan States of Burma over the course of one year, 2004-2005. The video depicts villagers fleeing into the jungle and living in hiding, victims of Burma Army landmines, and documentation of forced labor, and features firsthand accounts of life under the military regime.
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advocacy, activism, and responses to persecution--non-governmental organizations
armed conflict and persecution--decapitations
armed conflict and persecution--internally displaced persons
armed conflict and persecution--weapons--landmines
economic, social, and cultural rights--economic and labor rights--forced labor
economic, social, and cultural rights--health and healthcare
economic, social, and cultural rights--social and cultural rights--ethnic identity
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