Ethnic Chin people hold placards during a protest in Yangon in July 2019 asking for an end to conflict in Chin and Rakhine states between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army. (Photo: AFP)
While the world had paid much attention to the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state, conflict continues unabated in Myanmar’s western states where Christians bear the brunt.
Renewed fighting has been raging between Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, and the Arakan Army, which is fighting for autonomy in Rakhine in a conflict that spilled over to neighboring Chin state in December 2018.
The conflict has killed hundreds of civilians, injured scores of people including children and displaced thousands.
The UN says that more than 11,010 internally displaced persons (IDPs) remained in camps in Paletwa township, Chin state, and over 93,000 in Rakhine state as of Nov. 30. Among the IDPs in Chin state, most are ethnic Chin Christians who have taken shelter at makeshift camps including churches.