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March 02, 2018

Lack of funding hampers IDP camps in Kachin State

Camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kachin State face difficult times during the rainy season due to a lack of funding from local NGOs and stricter budgetary controls for UN agencies, according to an aid programme coordinator.
There are more than 40,000 IDPs at 70 camps managed by the Kachin Baptist Convention and other charitable organizations, the Myitkyina-based church’s Programme Officer Ko Bwam Kharan said. “In 2015, funds of local social organizations are declining day by day. UN agencies strictly scrutinize the assistance for the IDPs.”
The camps are ill-equipped to handle any increase in numbers, according to Ko Bwam Kharan.
“If the number of IDPs rises unexpectedly due to fighting, the organizations cannot give any assistance to new victims,” he said. Many school-age camp residents lack basic access to education.–GNLM-001


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