New research has found that in camps for the internally displaced in Kachin State, women’s needs struggle to be heard as the conflict in northern Burma enters its seventh year.
“The Myanmar Tatmadaw [armed forces] consistently hinders food transportation to the most needed area in Kachin State,” says JST.
“The Tatmadaw fired six artillery rounds around six in the morning, and two landed right in the centre of the village, hitting three children who were outside playing,” an NGO worker told DVB.
As efforts to expand education opportunities in rebel-controlled parts of Kachin State grow, many hope the peace process will bring lasting solutions.
Some 40,000 displaced Kachins have now spent five years in camps in remote, KIA-controlled mountains, where humanitarian aid deliveries have dwindled.
At least eight people were killed and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed by strong winds and hailstorms over the weekend.