The Burmese government is drawing up plans to shutter displacement camps across the country, but aid workers say food rations and sustainable security should be first on the priority list.
“Unlike the TNLA, we were not involved in the assault,” the KIA spokesman said. “The accusation by the Burmese army is simply not true.”
“Unless both sides stop fighting and allow these people to go home, [the Kachin IDPs] are facing a dire situation.”
“Local villagers are simply too afraid to stay in homes close to the fighting, because they can hear and feel the constant blasts of heavy artillery fire.”
The committee noted that a 22-year-old man was killed on 11 April and his father wounded when Burmese military aircraft attacked the area.
Ministry of Home Affairs says the bodies had “penetration wounds on the left cheek” and the backs of their heads had “exploded”.