Myanmar citizens flee to India to escape after military coup

Myanmar nationals have been fleeing the country amid violence against civilians in the aftermath of a military coup. Many who live close to the border are seeking refuge in India. Myanmar, also known as Burma, is in the grip of violence.

In February, the country’s military overthrew the democratically elected government and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In the weeks since, it has crushed protests against the coup. Rights groups say the military has killed more than 600 people, including 43 children. Soldiers have been breaking into houses and raping and killing civilians. Witnesses have recounted stories of people being killed in the streets and even in their homes – including a six-year-old who was allegedly shot dead during a home raid as she ran to her father. Army spokesman Brig Gen Zaw Min Tun said in a recent interview that the army would never have shot a child inside their home – and if it did happen, they would investigate the incident. But reports of such atrocities by the security forces are widespread and have sparked an international outcry. Meanwhile, the Manipur government said the state government was taking “all humanitarian steps”, including treating injured refugees from Myanmar.