Yesterday, on 24 December, 2016, (7) innocent civilians from Hkalen village, near Bangsai were seized by Myanma Tatmataw Tatma 99 without any reason or rule of law. They are 1) Slg Wo Sa (Male, age 33) 2) Slg Ngar Sa (Male, age 36) 3) Slg Lau Fa (Male, age 34) 4) Slg Yau Chin (Male, age 32) 5) Jan. Bya Mar Sar (Male, age 30) 6) Jan. Gaw Tar Mi (Male, age 52) 7) Shayi Li Mi (Young girl, age 12)
A week before, a civilian name Maru Yaw Htung was also arrested by the Myanmar military. Up to now, no one know where he was taken to and how he was kept by the military.
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.