Over 2,000 newly displaced people in Kachin areas: Caritas

According to a joint statement by Karuna Myanmar, and other humanitarian organizations recent clashes have forced Kachin residents near the village of Nam Lim Pa to flee their homes.

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Nov 21 2013, 3:58 PM
Over 2,000 newly displaced people in Kachin areas: Caritas

Over 2,000 people have been displaced following recent skirmishes between government forces and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) rebels in north Myanmar, where ethnic Kachins, mainly Christians, live.

According to a joint statement by Karuna Myanmar (local unit of Caritas), and other humanitarian organizations recent clashes have forced Kachin residents near the village of Nam Lim Pa to flee their homes.

Refugees were cut off and surrounded in the war zone for more than three weeks. A boarding school that housed 700 students and 34 teacherswas surrounded by troops and refugees were freed only after mediation of Caritas. The latest fighting has worsened the situation of people who were already displaced, forcing them to new displacements.

“A peaceful resolution of conflicts in Myanmar is a key priority for the welfare of the population and the country's future: We demand an immediate cessation of hostilities,” the NGOs demanded.

They called for respect for international conventions on human rights and protection of civilians in war zones. “Warring parties must respect principle of distinction between civilians and combatants and avoid civilian casualties", it said.

They also demanded “access to humanitarian organizations in support of all internally displaced persons, regardless of their location."

A Caritas official said he organization was "extremely concerned about the children traumatized, displaced persons and students.”

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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