Victim of Myanmar attack mourns mother who was left behind
THABYUCHAING, Myanmar (AP) - Buddhist mobs carrying swords and knives swarmed Zaw Lay Khar's village again and again, clashing with Muslims and burning their homes. When she saw about 40 attackers approaching her home, she fled with her daughter but had to leave behind her 94-year-old mother.
"They set the house on fire. There was nothing we could do but run. We didn't have time to help her," she said on Thursday near her charred home, in the village of Thabyuchaing in western Myanmar's Rakhine state. The attack had been two days earlier, but smoke still rose from the ruined buildings.
Rakhine was home to much of the sectarian violence that has killed hundreds of people since June 2012. Violence that began on Sunday in Rakhine's Thandwe township left five people dead, all of them Muslims, and at least 100 homes burned to the ground in three villages there, according to police Sergeant Aung Naing Win. He said at least one person was missing.
The dead included Aye Kyi, the elderly mother of Zaw Lay Khar, a 62-year-old woman with sunken eyes. She returned to her destroyed home after the mobs left and found Aye Kyi's body - six cuts on her stomach, neck and head.