Kachin IDPs of Burma – Update

Updated Dec 12 2013
Kachinnews.com reports that Burmese army troops have shot at “Kachin refugees” and have stolen part of their food supplies, such as rice.
Allegedly these were Burmese Army soldiers who entered ‘Nam Lim Pa’ IDP camp, forcing more than 50 resident villagers to flee to Man Gau village. Free Burma Rangers (FBR) states that these army troops came from five different Battalions under the Military Operations Command (MOC). Such tactics and incidents, where the army uses the aid convoys to advance its ‘sphere of control’ have been used by the army before, for instance earlier military had targeted the UN aid convoy in Kachin state’s jade rich Hpakant to take territory from KIO (Kachin Independence Organization).

Summary update by Sudha Rajput

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