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The Murder of Mr. Ah Aw

Junior Headman Disappears

Summary: After the massacre of Meh Joh Akha, across the Thai border into Burma from Moo Gow Lang Akha village, Mr. Ah Aw, who participated in the massacre along with Mr. Piawat from Maesai, by all accounts, disappeared and was said to have been killed by either Thai or Shan security forces.


March 2002

Meh Maw Akha, Meh Joh Akha

Ampur Mae Faluang

Chiangrai, Thailand

Story: Mr. Piawat, a Thai, was married to Mr. Ah Aw's daughter. He owns the "Boat" restaurant in Maesai.

Shortly after the slaughter of Meh Joh Akha across the border into Burma, the junior headman of Meh Maw Akha was picked up while visiting a neighboring Lahu village and disappeared.

He is presumed dead.

There are varying accounts of events.

Some say that his daughter is married to a Mr. Piawat in Maesai, a known smuggler of guns who also works for Channel 7 TV and led the attack on Meh Joh Akha. It is alledged that Mr. Piawat and Mr. Ah Aw may have planned this attack and may also have stolen large sums of money, drugs and vehicles after the attack.

Anonymous Thai Army sources say Mr. Ah Aw is dead.

Reports are that Mr. Piawat is being watched.

Other sources say that Mr. Ah Aw was an informer who got hill tribe people arrested while he was taking bribes.

What we do know is that he is missing and that a good number of men, women and children were either shot or burned alive in the attack on Meh Joh Akha in Burma by forces from the Thai side. Nearby villagers on the Thai side state that at least ten army trucks, and two large artillery pieces set near their village and shelled Meh Joh Akha early in the morning. A number of Thai citizens were killed, who were visiting Meh Joh and it is estimated that 50 villagers died in the attack.

Border tensions are keeping these murders of chidren from being investigated properly, though there is significant photographic evidence.

(The family of Ah Aw making a police report)

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