ICC Note: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met with Kachin Baptist Convention members on July 24 and discussed peacebuilding efforts and the condition of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State. During the meeting, both parties discussed matters concerning the conflict in Kachin State which resumed between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the military in 2011, ending a 17-year ceasefire agreement. More than 100,000 people now live in IDP camps and many children lacked school transfer paperwork and national registration cards. Suu Kyi has promised the Baptist leaders she will help improve schooling for IDP children.
08/07/2017 Myanmar (UCA News) – Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has promised Baptist leaders that she will assist with efforts to improve schooling for children in displaced persons’ camps in conflict-torn Kachin state.
Church leaders raised the issue during a meeting with Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw on July 24. They said she pledged to help children in the camps facing difficulty getting into state-run schools.
Fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar military has forced more than 100,000 people into internally displaced persons camps. Civil war has plagued the mountainous northern state off and on since Myanmar gained independence from Britain in 1948.
Rev. Hkalam Samson, general secretary of Kachin Baptist Convention, said his group is collecting data from the camps to support planning.
He said many children lacked school transfer paperwork and national registration cards.
Suu Kyi’s involvement constituted a marked progress, Rev. Samson told ucanews.com.