The Burmese government and military are “weaponising” aid access in Kachin State, which could amount to war crimes, according to a new report released by Fortify Rights.
With 1.2 million refugees originating from Burma and tens of thousands more uprooted inside the country, the Southeast Asian nation was the source of the fourth-largest population of displaced people…
“Unless both sides stop fighting and allow these people to go home, [the Kachin IDPs] are facing a dire situation.”
Zaw Htay said that security forces carried out a clearance operation in the Buthidaung-Maungdaw region of the Mayu mountain range. “That’s where the terrorists were hiding,” he said.
Most of the families are Rohingyas returning from Bangladesh, having fled their homes several months ago during an intense military crackdown in and around Maungdaw.
Some 420 men, women and children are camped in the town of Sechaung, while another 62 ethnic Khami people shelter in a monastery.