Seven-year-old girl shot dead in Myanmar, the latest in a score of children killed in brutal military crackdowns

A seven-year-old girl was shot and killed Tuesday by Myanmar’s security forces in the city of Mandalay. The youngest known victim of the violent military crackdowns on civilian protestors so far, she is one of many children who have been killed in the crisis.

According to a local news outlet, the girl was shot while sitting on her father’s lap after security forces kicked down the family’s home.

The United Nations is “extremely disturbed” by the killing said U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

The young girl, Khin Myo Chit, is the latest of many innocent children that have been victimized by violent and ruthless tactics used by Myanmar’s security forces in response to anti-coup protests and demonstrations.

 At least 23 children have been killed and 11 others seriously injured since the start of the crisis, said the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

“The military regime continues to show its brutality by killing children with impunity… Terror is not democracy,” said a twitter post from the U.S. Embassy.

Myanmar’s security forces have acted ruthlessly, indiscriminately targeting unarmed protestors, bystanders, journalists, and even children.

The ruling military junta has acted inhumanely, and its actions certainly cannot be defended as necessary military action.

The military junta in Myanmar has not only spat in the face of democracy by forcibly usurping ruling power via coup but has also violated basic human dignity in its brutally violent crackdowns on civilians.

“The fact that so many children are being killed on an almost daily basis shows a complete disregard for human life by security forces,” said Save the Children in a statement Tuesday.

The situation in Myanmar is a tremendous humanitarian crisis and needs to be addressed immediately. It is not just the future of democracy that is at stake but also countless human lives.

The international community must come to the defense of the vulnerable to put an end to these heinous acts that have resulted in the loss of so many lives, including those of innocent children.

Noah Pitcher is a global politics correspondent for Today News Africa covering the U.S. government, United Nations, African Union, and other actors involved in international developments, political controversies, and humanitarian issues.

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