Villagers flee Kachin fighting

War victims are taking shelter at Baptist church in Namati Township. (Photo: Myat Moe Myint)


Due to fresh fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), more than 600 villagers have fled to the Kachin Baptist Convention church in Lankhwa village, Namati Township in Kachin State.

On August 10, the army exchanged fire with the KIA near Kasone village about 10 miles from Namati.

La San, a villager, said: “The fighting moves closer to the village every day. Some people died from bullet wounds. Kasone has been under the control of the Kachin Independence Organisation. I heard voices of mine and bomb blasts when fleeing from my village. Now 600 villagers are taking shelter. There remain more than 100 in the village.”

Christian associations are providing assistance to the war victims.