Govt to Offer Loans to Kachin Displaced

Burma’s government said it plans to offer agricultural loans to Kachin villagers who have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in northern Burma, Mizzima reports. Livestock and Fisheries Ministry Ohn Myint told Mizzima at an agriculture industry conference in Rangoon that his ministry would offer the loans, together with livestock such as pigs and cows, so that the affected villagers could reestablish their rural livelihoods. “We hope that the Myanmar army and the KIA [Kachin Independence Army] will work together for the rehabilitation of the Kachin people,” he said. The fighting between the Burmese military and the ethnic Kachin rebels has displaced about 100,000 civilians since June 2011.

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