A five-year-old girl was killed on 15 November as the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) shelled a kindergarten in a Christian-majority area of Kayah State.
The girl had been sheltering at the kindergarten in Demoso township with her family after they were forced to flee their home village of Kone Thar, also owing to heavy shelling.
She sustained an injury to her thigh when the artillery shell struck at about 5.30pm and bled to death before treatment could be received.
Among several members of the family who were also wounded, a 10-month-old boy was left in a critical condition after injury to his back.
A Tatmadaw unit based near Demoso carried out the shelling, according to a local source, who added, “They know that displaced people usually take shelter in churches or schools. They did it on purpose.”
It was in Demoso township that a father and his 13-year-old daughter were killed by Tatmadaw shelling at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on Sunday 31 July.
The Tatmadaw, which seized power in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in a coup on 1 February 2021, has for many years persecuted the Christian-majority Chin, Kachin and Karen ethnic groups, as well as the large Christian communities in Kayah and Shan states, and the Muslim-majority Rohingya.