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Locals are calling for official assistance, as well as measures to prevent an outbreak of waterborne diseases such as dysentery.
Government forces in northern Burma are continuing to close in on Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions in Waingmaw Township, southeast of Myitkyina.
“We are currently clearing the area of landmines, but it is a challenge as they are scattered everywhere,” said BGF officer Naing Maung Zaw.
The 100 participants range in age from 16 to 20, and take part in workshops that are run at their local libraries in five regions across Burma.
Burma, China, Thailand and Laos open an operations centre in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province for criminal suppression and prevention on the Mekong River.