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Residents of ‘Locked Down’ Camp in Kachin State Facing Food Insecurity

Residents of the largest internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in government-controlled Kachin State need food support after authorities locked it down following a COVID-19 outbreak.

Two residents tested positive on July 24. The next day there were two more cases discovered.

An official of KBC Mai Ne camp said although “some IDPs received food, there is not enough for everyone in the camp” during the one-month lockdown.

“Family members of confirmed cases must stay in their hut at all times except to use the toilet,” the official said, explaining that neighbors of the infected also need to remain indoors. “We are trying to follow directives of the health department for prevention.”

There are 2,916 people from 532 families who live in the camp located in Waingmaw Township.

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