Activists to Hold Events to Mark Start of Kachin War

By The Irrawaddy 5 June 2014

Anti-war activists in Rangoon will hold a series of events over three days starting from Saturday to mark the third anniversary of the outbreak of war in Kachin State, according to the events’ organizers.

The events, which will be held both indoors and outdoors at various locations around Rangoon, will include singing, dancing, dramatic performances and art exhibitions, the organizers said.

Outdoor events will be held near Sule Pagoda in downtown Rangoon, at the People’s Park near Shwedagon Pagoda in Dagon Township, and near Inya Lake in Hlaing Township.

The whole program will culminate with indoor events on June 9, exactly three years after the collapse of a 17-year ceasefire in Kachin State and the start of a war that has displaced at least 100,000 civilians.

The indoor events will include interfaith prayers for peace, speeches by keynote speakers and testimonies from civilians affected by the conflict, art exhibitions, performances by youth groups, and fundraising activities to benefit internally displaced persons.