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Kachin struggle has roots in history

Fides reports take a look at the background of the Kachin peoples' struggles and the current situation in Myanmar.

  • Myanmar
  • July 19, 2011
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The Fides news agency has published reports examining ongoing conflict in the largely Christian northern Myanmar, between the Burmese army and the guerrillas of the Kachin Independent Army, and the historical reasons behind it.

"The civil war continues in northern Myanmar, with indifference on behalf of international community. The Kachin people suffer a lot and experience a great sense of abandonment," said an unidentified source.

"The situation is getting more and more serious. The refugees are over 20 thousand. The Burmese soldiers do nothing to protect civilians fleeing in terror. All the foreign NGOs are denied to access the area and only the local Caritas is able to help them: in St. Joseph refugee camp, set up by Caritas in Myitkyina, there are over 500 displaced persons in need of everything."

"The big powers which border China and India have strong economic ties and commercial interests with the Burmese junta ... so they close their eyes. China and Russia are also the major supplier of arms to Burma."

In a separate report, Fides delves into the background of the conflict, and of the Kachin people. Further details can be found in the report, linked below.

FULL STORY

ASIA/MYANMAR - With regards to the Kachin war "the big powers close their eyes, for economic interests" (Fides)

ASIA/MYANMAR - Autonomy and federal state : how the Burmese government betrayed the Kachin (Fides)
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