Elephants help war-hit Myanmar villagers flee to safety May 16, 2018 0 396 12345 AFPDanai, MyanmarMahouts and their elephants help sick, young and elderly villagers displaced by conflict cross a chest-deep river in Myanmar's remote Kachin state, where thousands of people recently completed a trek through dense jungle to safety.The people of Awng Lawt in Kachin state were forced from their homes by escalating fighting between rebels from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Myanmar's military earlier this year.It is a grinding conflict that plays out away from the more prominent global headlines generated by violence in the country's west, where the army has driven out some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims since August to fierce international condemnation.For three days, the villagers took shelter in their paddy fields as the sound of gunfire and fighter jets came ever closer.But as shells started to fall among their homes, village leaders ordered an evacuation to IDP camps dozens of kilometres away.The slowest and most vulnerable could only manage to hack through the jungle undergrowth for three or four hours a day. On May 2, after nearly a month and with food running out, they reached the river where some local elephant owners came to their aid.Remarkable footage shows Kachin villagers in bright traditional headdresses hoisting youngsters onto the backs of several of the giant creatures to cross the waterway."We had some elderly, sick and blind people,"said one villager, preferring not to give his name."So we asked the mahouts for help to carry those people."Working elephants are widely used in the rough terrain of Kachin state, including by rebel groups fighting Myanmar's army, which is equipped with helicopters and fighter jets. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US calls for UN action over Rohingya crisis May 16, 2018 0 55 US diplomat involved in traffic accident allowed to leave Pakistan May 16, 2018 0 47 Taliban battle Afghan troops to capture provincial capital May 16, 2018 0 55 Sri Lanka probes sudden deaths of British rugby players Colombo: A second visiting English amateur rugby player has died in a Sri Lankan hospital after visiting a night club and police are now investigating the circumstances, a spokesman said Tuesday. Thomas Howard, 25, and .. Flash floods kill at least 34 across Afghanistan KABUL: Flash floods caused by heavy rain in the past week have killed at least 34 people in several Afghan provinces and caused serious damage to property and livestock, officials said on Tuesday. The flooding, hitting .. Afghan provincial governor sacked as security worsens Reuters KABUL The provincial governor of Nangarhar has been dismissed as part of an administrative shakeup in a region of Afghanistan where security has sharply deteriorated amid allegations of widespread corruption .. Pakistan & Afghanistan finalise 'action plan for peace, solidarity' nation.com.pk islamabad Pakistan and Afghanistan, have finalized an"Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity"to strengthen their bilateral relationship at multifaceted level, reported by Radio Pakistan. The final .. Nawaz should be tried for treason: Musharraf tribune.com.pk islamabad Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday stated that holding the establishment and the army responsible was extremely disappointing, in reaction to former premier Nawaz .. May 12 mayhem: Karachi mayor, 18 others indicted KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted 19 suspects, including Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, in a case related to the carnage which unfolded across the port city on May 12, 2007. The suspects pleaded not ..