Fighting between Tatmadaw and Restoration Council of Shan State/ Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) at Banpwe village, Mongkai township, Shan State (South) on 1st October has caused over 2,000 villagers to flee the violence and seek shelter at a monastery in Mongkai.
“The clashes has been occurring within Banpwe village on the evening of 1st October, thus, all the villagers and teachers from the village moved to Tone Lot village,” said U Myint Naing, the headmaster, who has taught in Banpwe village for over 20 years.
According to U Thar Aung, a helper at the Tone Lot IDP camp, some villagers had to run while they were doing good deeds at a monastery.
At Tone Lot (South )monastery, villagers from Banpwe can be found. At Tone Lot ward 2 and at Tone Lot (North) monastery, villagers from Konesar and the locals from Tone
Lot ward 1 are being housed. The total number of IDPs from those two monasteries is over 2,000.
Tatmadaw and RCSS/SSA have already signed Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), and they also have formed Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee.