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Church groups are helping those displaced by fighting between government forces and armed ethnic groups

Thousands flee renewed fighting in Myanmar's north

A non-commissioned officer of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) overlooks new recruits at a training camp outside Laiza, a KIA-controlled stronghold in Myanmar's north in this file image. KIA and three other rebel groups conducted attacks against government positions on the weekend just past. (Photo by AFP)

John Zaw, Mandalay
Myanmar

November 22, 2016

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Church groups are helping those affected by recent fighting between government forces and ethnic groups in Myanmar's northern Shan State.

Coordinated attacks by ethnic armed groups targeted military checkpoints, police outposts and a trade center near the state's Chinese border on Nov. 20. At least nine people died and 29 others injured while more than 2,000 have taken refuge in churches and monasteries according to state media Nov. 22.

Church groups in the town of Muse bordering China are sheltering some 250 people, mostly Kachins and Burmese, in a Catholic and two Baptist churches.

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