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ICC Note: Kachin Internally displaced persons (IDP) who fled from Tanai Township’s gold and amber mining village due to fighting between government troops and independence army will soon face a shortage of rations. Earlier this year, inhabitants of Tanai received warning from Burmese army to leave their homes due to “clearance operations” conducted by the army. Since their evacuation, they have not been allowed to build shelters or set up camps. Instead, the IDP’s were forced to live in church halls. Churches that have been hosting a large number of IDP’s are going to run out of rice and pulses by the end of the month. Some measures have been taken to return IDP’s to their homes. However, some of them are afraid to go back in case the troops are still in their villages.  

09/25/2017 Myanmar (Democratic Voice of Burma) –Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State’s Tanai Township will face a shortage of rations by the end of this month, aid workers say.

To date, the IDPs have been relying on food supplies donated by a handful of political parties and well-wishers, in the aftermath of the displaced population’s flight from gold and amber mines in Tanai Township to the eponymous town to the southeast, in June.

“Every morning, we give money to buy curry,” said Naw Tawng, a spokesperson for the “rescue committee” established by churches in Tanai to aid the displaced.

“We give 40,000 kyats [$29] for 100 people. The fund is supported by the churches. Some churches can provide about 200 kyats per person. In some churches hosting a large number of IDPs, rice and pulses will be used up by the end of this month.”

Due to fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army in June — which was preceded by air-dropped leaflets warning the civilian population to leave the area — about 1,000 miners and their families who had been living at the extractive sites fled to Tanai town, seeking refuge in churches there.

“It is very worrying in the long run. Now, the IDPs stay in the hall of the church. The Tatmadaw authorities do not like us to set up IDP camps. We cannot build shelters for the IDPs in the compounds of the churches. So, all IDPs stay in the main hall,” said Dr. Khalam Samsom, secretary of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC).

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