|Traffic stood still at a KIA road-block arbitrarily set up|
to rob the travelling public, vehicles, and motorbikes.
Cash Collection on the Irrawaddy River
|A narrow of Irrawaddy in Kachin State.|
A crew member of a regular motorised-boat bitterly said, “Once they saw the boat the motherfuckers levelled their 4 or 5 guns at us and the river there is so bloody narrow we couldn’t speed off without getting shot at. Four thousand kyats for every boat we had to pay every day. They took in at least 100,000 kyats every day. Both coming down from Myitkyinar and coming up from Bamaw there must be at least 30 boats a day going through that narrow. They’d never done it before. Since we have to pay at the gates and now also on the way on the river, it’s so hard for the business.”
|KIA men forcing motorists to part with their cash.|
|An illegal gold-miner squeezed for cash by KIA men.|
|A roaming KIA unit of robbers, rapists, and murderers.|
|A KIA women squad.|
The captured men and women were then taken against their will to the Brigade 5 base camp to be trained as forced recruits as the KIA HQ has been forcing the Brigades to recruit at least 250 recruits a month for each Brigade.
But most young Shan women especially the pretty ones end up as mistresses of high-ranking KIA officers if they are lucky. Unlucky ones usually end up getting gang-raped and killed by the brute KIA men in the jungle of Kachin land.