IDP camp residents in northern Shan State complain of forced labor, beatings by soldiers, and the lack of food and jobs while they wait for war to end.
Sai Ba Nyan, volunteer vice chairman of a northern Shan State IDP camp with more than 900 people, feels that Burma’s govt has forgotten about them.
The groups address the conflict surrounding Burma Army troops’ seizure of two small NMSP bases and the raiding of its liaison office.
Renewed clashes have erupted between the Burma Army and the Kokang rebels in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone.
Militia leaders in Kachin State Special Region-1 threaten to burn down IDP camp if it is not vacated as soon as possible.
Kachin Independence Army spokesperson labels Burma Army statements on conflict ‘unfounded allegations’
Across southeast Burma, ceasefires are holding and communities are beginning to recover from decades of armed conflict.
The Burma Navy opened fire on fishing trawlers that trespassed on Burma’s territorial waters in Arakan State, said the State Counselor’s Office.
As long as Burma tries to bury its past, a future in which individuals can live peacefully without fear is impossible.
Brig-Gen Tun Myat Naing speaks about the conflict between the Burma Army and the Northern Alliance, and China’s role in the peace process.
Ethnic nationality delegates say China could put pressure on the government and army to deescalate armed conflict in Burma.
‘I have never experienced this kind of cold in my life. It seems very long when I wait for the day to break,’ says Kawt Mai, one of the IDPs.
Two bouts of fighting occur between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) in Kyaukme Township.
Hundreds join a demonstration to demand an end to the fighting between the Burma Army and ethnic armed groups in the northern part of the country.
‘Their letter is not very clear, and we think this is not really an invitation to hold bilateral talks,’ says KIO vice chairman Gen Gun Maw.