'I'm so sad': Father of Myanmar coup's youngest victim speaks out

She died in her father’s arms on the way to the clinic.

At just 7 years old, Khin Myo Chit became the latest victim in Myanmar’s increasingly bloody coup on Tuesday, which was gunned down by security forces at her home in the northern city of Mandalay.

“They brought her to me,” her father, U Maung Ko Hashin Bai, told Sky News on Wednesday. “I wore it and ran out into the street. She died on the way, she didn’t even get to the clinic. “(Sky News is owned by Comcast, the parent company of NBC News.)

Seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit, who was shot dead in her home during protests against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar.Handout / Reuters

Hashin Bai said they heard gunshots outside their house and then armed men came into the house. “They broke the doors and they shot in,” he said.

When the men started beating his son, he said that Khin Myo Chit, the youngest of his eight children, “was really scared.”

“They said ‘that’s not scary’ and then they started shooting again,” he added.

As she ran up to him, Hashin Bai said, the men asked her: “Are you the one who is scared?” Then they shot her.

Pictures show that she was hit in the stomach.

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Global charity Save the Children says there are more than 20 children among dozens of people killed since Myanmar’s military took power on Feb.1 and the government’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and much of their party leadership arrested for fraud in an election in November that her party won in a landslide.

Suu Kyi, who was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign to establish civil democratic rule in Myanmar, has been in custody since the coup and is charged with her lawyer discrediting her.

At least 286 people were killed in the crackdown on protests, according to the activist group of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. At least four other people were killed on Thursday when security forces opened fire on pro-democracy activists, according to local media reports.

The military junta was internationally condemned for the coup and the deadly suppression of dissent.

The United States and Britain jointly imposed sanctions on Thursday against two conglomerates controlled by the Myanmar military. Washington called this a response to “heinous violence and abuse”. This was followed by the sanctions imposed on Monday by the United States and the European Union against people who were involved in the coup and in the suppression of the demonstrators.

However, Thomas Andrews, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the country, said in a statement Thursday that the diplomatic response “is not keeping up with the scale of the crisis”.

Calling for an emergency summit for the country, he said: “Conditions in Myanmar are deteriorating. However, without an immediate, robust and international response in support of the besieged, they are likely to deteriorate significantly.”

Meanwhile, Hashin Bai and his family are counting the human cost. He said his 19-year-old son was still missing, beaten up and taken to an undisclosed location by security forces.

Khin Myo Chit was wrapped in white shrouds on Wednesday.

“I’m so sad I can’t feel it anymore,” said Hashin Bai.

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