Civilians who fled their homes in Waingmaw Township in 2011 when the war between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burma’s army restarted, are preparing to return to their village on the Myitkyina – Bhamo highway in Kachin State.
“We have volunteered to clean up our village before we return. We also held a prayer service,” a villager told KNG, asking that his name not be revealed. He said about 500 went back to the village for the activities.
They had faced many difficulties in the camps between Myitkyina and Waingmaw for more than a decade, the villagers told KNG, which is why they decided to return home despite a security guarantee.
Another man, requesting anonymity, said if the regime and the KIA both agree to their return, it will be successful.
“We are worried that there will be clashes again in our area. If the government and the KIA agree to the return of the IDPs (internally displaced persons) we can solve the other problems in our village ourselves.”
Neither group has responded to the letters sent to them by the IDPs requesting their return to their homes in Japu.
Recently, the IDPs returned to Gara Yang, Dabat and Kazu, which are all near Japu.