IDP injured by landmine in Hpakant

IDP injured by landmine in Hpakant

An internally displaced person (IDP) in Kachin state’s Hpakant Township was injured in a landmine explosion on Tuesday.

Win Soe, 38, an IDP at a camp in Warazup village-tract was travelling back to his home village of Jawanmaw to check on his house when he stepped on a landmine on the road at around 9am on 13 September, according to Naw Hseng, the director of the government-backed Myaseinyaung Rural Development project in Hpakant.

“We were informed by the Warazup village-tract administration that U Win Soe, a displaced villager, was injured when he stepped on a landmine on the way back to his village to check on his home, and he sustained injuries on his legs, arms and shoulders,” said Naw Hseng.

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He added that Win Soe was taken by a team of Kachin Baptist Church relief workers to a hospital in Myitkyina, where he is currently receiving medical attention.

The area where the incident took place saw clashes in early August between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence Army – clashes that compelled  locals as well as independent gold miners to flee their homes and take refuge in the camps at Warazup .

According to international watchdog Landmine Monitor, Burma is the third-worst country in the world for landmine casualties. There were at least 3,745 reported casualties between 1999 and the end of 2014, though it is thought the real figure could be much higher.

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