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At Kachin camps, life goes on after being displaced ‘like plastic bags in the wind’

Gum Naw, displaced since 2011, works with IDP children at a makeshift nursery set up for those affected by the conflict in Kachin State. (Image: DVB)

It has been more than six years since fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army reignited in Burma’s north, displacing about 100,000 people in the years since.

In this episode of “Doh Pyay Doh Myay” (Our Country, Our Land), filmed last month, the DVB team explores the hardships and hopes of communities displaced by the conflict. Their stories can be alternately heart-breaking and inspiring; an amalgam of lives once lived and futures dreamed of.

“I am used to staying here now. I do not want to stay here for the rest of my life. I want to go back to my village,” says one mother of two, reflecting both the ability of the affected population to adapt, and aspire.