» 07/13/2011, 00.00
MYANMAR – INDIA
War, violence and refugees as the Kachin face Myanmar’s junta
A Kachin expert tells AsiaNews about the uncertainty that grips an entire people, exhausted by a long civil war. Meanwhile, the international community shows little interest in the matter.
Kachin Bishops urge "sustainable" solution to conflict, "peace is possible" in Myanmar
The bishops of Banmaw, Myitkyina and Lashio revived the project of a "true federalism" that respects "ethnic groups, cultures and resources." They denounce human trafficking and the drug problem that has affected young people. Glimmers of a national ceasefire talks between the government and ethnic militias.
Junta moves towards ‘democracy’ by arresting its people and accusing the West
After 14 years of consultation, Myanmar’s generals announce the creation of a committee charged with drafting a new constitution. For many analysts it is only a ploy to lessen international pressure. Monasteries along the northern border continue to be raided with the support of Chinese authorities.
Kachin, Burmese Army raids rebel stronghold: thousands of refugees and humanitarian crisis
A group of local NGOs , including Christian and Catholic organizations, warn of a crisis in the State in northern Myanmar. In the last few days - in conjunction with the census - the fighting has intensified, at least 3 thousand people take flight. Part of the displaced have found refuge across the border in China. Appeals for a ceasefire and the resumption of peace talks.
As the authorities talk peace with ethnic groups, the Church helps displaced people
Myanmar’s president met a delegation of ethnic leaders for talks, hoping to see peace by the November elections. Among Kachin and Shan refugees, the situation is increasingly critical. Food supplies are at risk, and thousands of children and youth might not be able to go to school. The local Caritas and Church are in the forefront of relief efforts.
Myanmar military clash with Kokang rebels, 16 soldiers killed and over a hundred wounded
The fighting took place in north-eastern Myanmar, along the border with China. The military told displaced people to return home. But people are afraid of retaliation and more violence. So far, it is unclear how many people have died or are wounded. Aid workers have been denied access to the area where fighting is taking place.
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