Nyo Twan Awng

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Nyo Twan Awng
Native name
Birth nameZaw Mro Thet
Born (1981-03-04) March 4, 1981 (age 42)
Kyaukpyu, Rakhine State
AllegianceArakan Army
Service/branchArakan Army
Years of service2009–present
RankBrigadier General
Commands heldVice Commander-in-Chief of the Arakan Army
Battles/warsInternal conflict in Myanmar

Brig. Gen. Nyo Twan Awng (Burmese: ညိုထွန်းအောင်; also spelled Nyo Tun Aung, born Zaw Mro Thet on 4 March 1981) is the deputy leader of the United League of Arakan and the Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Arakan Army.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


Nyo Twan Awng was born Zaw Myo Thet on 4 March 1981 in Kyaukpyu, Rakhine State, Myanmar. During his teenage years, he attended medical studies in Yangon. He received his doctorate from Dagon University.[when?] In 2009, the Arakan Army was founded and Nyo became one of its first members, attending the group's first training session.[8][9] While working in Yangon as a surgeon, he had to avoid arrest by the Myanmar Police Force. He escaped to northern Myanmar and studied zoology as the Arakan Army's medical trainer.

He characterised his group's January 4 independence day attack on four police stations as a defensive action in response to a build-up of Tatmadaw forces in northern Rakhine State. He also pointed to the Tatmadaw's announcement on December 21, 2018, that it was suspending operations in five regional commands in northern Myanmar until April 30 as further evidence of an imminent campaign. However, the Tatmadaw extended to two and half months until the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and other Northern Alliance groups launched coordinated attacked on the Defence Services Technological Academy in Pyin Oo Lwin on August 15, which promoted the Tatmadaw retaliate.[10]

In June 2018, Nyo attended the second Panglong Conference in Naypyidaw, meeting with government officials to discuss the peace process for the decade-long conflict in the country.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Medal of Honor (AA)
  • Medal of Freedom and National Human Settlement
  • University of Dagon Medical Award (1999)


  1. ^ "AA Deputy Leader Says Fighting Could Spread Beyond N. Rakhine". The Irrawaddy. 7 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Arakan Army". Myanmar Peace Monitor.
  3. ^ "Arakan Army ဒုတိယစစ်ဦးစီးချုပ် ဗိုလ်မှူးချုပ် ဒေါက်တာ ညိုထွန်းအောင်နဲ့ RFA တွေ့ဆုံမေးမြန်းခန်း ကောက်နုတ်ချက်". RFA Burmese. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Interview: 'The Government Army's Persecution Is Making us Stronger'". Radio Free Asia. 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Far From Home, Arakan Rebels Fight on Kachin Frontline". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  6. ^ "အပစ်ရပ်စာချုပ် အထမြောက်လာဖို့ အေအေ ဘယ်လောက် မျှော်လင့်လဲ". BBC Burmese. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ "ရက္ခိုင့်တပ်မတော်မှ ဒုတိယစစ်ဦးစီးချုပ် ဒေါက်တာညိုထွန်းအောင်နှင့် တွေ့ဆုံမေးမြန်းခြင်း". Myitnhina News Journal. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Fighting could spread beyond N Rakhine: Arakan Army". The Daily Star. 8 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Arakan Army clashes with government troops in Rakhine State". Mizzima. 30 December 2015.
  10. ^ Mon, Ye (29 March 2019). "The Arakan Army and the 'storm of the revolution'". Frontier Myanmar.

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