Renewed fighting in Kachin State closes schools

Renewed fighting in Kachin State closes schools

Fresh fighting has broken out between government forces and rebel groups in Burma’s northern Kachin State.

It is the latest in a series of attacks since a 17-year ceasefire ended in 2011.

Concern is growing for Kachin children, as many have been unable to attend school in recent days.

In Kachin State, school enrollment rates currently sit at less than 27 percent.

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Continuing conflict has prevented children from accessing the most basic services, as many schools have been closed across the state.

The cause for the current spate of fighting is still unclear.

The Kachin State Democracy Party released a statement on Thursday asking for a cease to hostilities.

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