February 13, 2017

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Local residents take shelter at relief camps in Mohnyin

Internally displaced persons taking shelter at local religious buildings in Mohnyin Township. Photo: GNLM-001
Internally displaced persons taking shelter at local religious buildings in Mohnyin Township. Photo: GNLM-001

AS clashes rage between the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Defence Services) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the hills neat Mohnyin Township, Kachin State, from 15 to 19 November, local residents have been taking shelter at a Buddhist monastery and four Christian churches in the urban area of Mohnyin as of 21 November. The Mohnyin Township administrator and other officials provided 35 bags of rice to 370 internally displaced persons.
“Men go back home to take care of animals and household equipment and spend nights at the relief camps. Actually, the security of the region is not in good condition,” said Reverend Aung Ko Latt of Emmanuel Divinity College. Most of the internally displaced persons who are taking shelter at the college are Kayin ethnics from Pathein who arrived in Mohnyin to work at rubber farms.

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