IDPs


The Burma Army stopped a Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) vehicle transporting medicine to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Eastern Kachin State near the Chinese border and seized all the medicines on 25 August.

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The Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) says it is concerned about cuts to IDP food aid by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in parts of Rakhine State.

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At least 10,000 people cannot go back to their homes due to the uncertain climate caused by the so-called Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), according a leading member of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

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A workshop by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) about the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) was held in Karen State capital Hpa-an.

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Morning arrives slowly at Pan Kha Kho refugee camp. It takes a moment for the lemon sun to creep over the horizon, pausing before rising to reveal rows of corrugated-iron roofs lining the valley ahead.

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In 2012, U Khin Htwe Maung was building a house in downtown Sittwe, paid for with the pension he received for decades of military service.

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Za Hkawng, a 70-year-old ethnic Kachin man, prepares some tea in his small bamboo hut situated on a windy mountain ridge and recalls how he used to live off the land as a farmer.

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In an effort to resettle and reintegrate internally displaced communities, the Karen National Union’s local officials are using funding from Japan’s Nippon Foundation to build low-cost housing for displaced people forced from their homes during armed conflict.

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Some 300 local villagers displaced by fighting between Burmese government forces and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-North) began returning to their homes in Hsipaw Township on Monday.

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All Aike Yoon wants is to go home. But he can’t. The 40-year-old is currently living in Thagara Monastery, which serves as a makeshift internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State. He has six children and hails from the village of Sam Paing, 40 miles from the Kachin State capital, Myitkyina. Sam Paing once was home to some 40 households, and every villager owned both buffalos and farmlands. But in 2011, when war broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army, Sam Paing and four other nearby villages were caught in the crossfire and burned.

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A New Union-level committee established for Rakhine State began groundwork on June 1 when it visited IDP camps and held a meeting with community leaders.

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Approximately 3,900 people have fled their homes during the month of May 2016 following heightened tensions and outbreaks in conflict between armed groups in northern Shan State, bringing the cumulative total of people newly displaced in 2016 in Shan State to 11,100.

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Over 100 refugees displaced by ongoing fighting gathered in Thibaw/Hsipaw township yesterday to protest the clashes that have kept them from returning to their homes. The protesters held up white placards reading “Stop the war”, “Solve conflict peacefully” and “Let children go to school”.

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Despite pledges from the Arakan State government to allocate more money toward helping the state’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), some see it as coming up short.

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A Ta’ang National Party lawmaker sought to submit a proposal to the Union Parliament to stop fighting in Shan State so that children in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps could attend school this year, but her efforts were denied.

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The Arakan State Hluttaw (parliament) on 11 May unanimously approved a proposal to provide urgent assistance to refugees from war in Arakan State proposed by U Kyaw Lwin the Kyaukphyu Constituency MP.

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On 7-8 May 2016, an estimated 1,600 people left their villages in Kyaukme and Hsipaw townships in Shan State following heightened tensions between armed groups in the area, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
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U.S. President Barack Obama should renew sanctions authority on Myanmar for at least another year due to ongoing egregious human rights violations against ethnic minorities in the country, said Fortify Rights and United to End Genocide in a new report published on 9 May.
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International aid agencies and the Myanmar government say they are mobilising aid for more than 2000 Muslim IDPs left homeless after a fire ripped through their internment camp in Rakhine State amid conflicting reports of their whereabouts.
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I must start with a correction. My column last week spoke about the abusive system of apartheid in Rakhine State that means Muslim people are kept in camps and forced to make dangerous, sometimes fatal, journeys to access basic supplies because they are not allowed to travel freely.
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