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Refugees who have fled the war in Kachin state continue to be holed up camps along Burma’s northern border, where aid supplies are low. While China has denied recent reports of a flood of refugees across its border, many are known to have sought shelter close to the Chinese towns of Ruili and Longchuan.
The UN is yet to be granted permission to deliver another convoy of aid to the refugees, whom it estimates number more than 55,000, and skirmishes continue to break out in the northern state as Burmese troops take positions close to the opposition Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The feeling is that these refugees, among whom are thousands of young children, may have to stay put for the foreseeable future.