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US Announces Agricultural Initiative in Kachin State

US Announces Agricultural Initiative in Kachin State

The US had committed to spending US$38 million over five years on Burma’s agriculture sector and the development of a food processing system in Kachin and Shan states and the country’s central regions, American officials…

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Kachin Communities Commemorate Thanksgiving As Conflict Continues

Kachin Communities Commemorate Thanksgiving As Conflict Continues

This week Kachin communities marked their gratitude for the harvest and celebrated Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving festival is locally known as Nlung N’nan Sha Poi, or the occasion on which “new rice” is eaten, signifying a…

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Thanksgiving Event Held to Reach Out to Myitkyina Prisoners

Thanksgiving Event Held to Reach Out to Myitkyina Prisoners

A youth organization held a Thanksgiving event for inmates in a prison in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina on Sunday as a way to provide hope and compassion for those serving time. The dinner…

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Peace Talks Between Northern Alliance And Gov’t Stalled

Peace Talks Between Northern Alliance And Gov’t Stalled

It’s unclear when the next round of peace talks between the Northern Alliance and government will happen. Nothing has been decided yet, said Lamai Gum Ja, from the Kachin Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG). “Regarding discussions…

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District Court Rejects Villagers’ Lawsuit Against Myitsone Dam Shareholders

District Court Rejects Villagers’ Lawsuit Against Myitsone Dam Shareholders

A Myitkyina district court rejected a lawsuit by villagers against the two main companies involved in the controversial Myitsone dam. Aung Myin, a lawyer representing Mali Yang and Chying Hkrang villages, filed the lawsuit at…

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Burma Army Launches Attack on KIO Administration Office

Burma Army Launches Attack on KIO Administration Office

The Burma Army opened fire with heavy weapons directed toward the hilltop site of the Kachin Independence Organization’s (KIO) general administration office in Laiza, Kachin State at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, KIO officials said. “The…

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KIO To Commemorate Work of Its Civil Administration

KIO To Commemorate Work of Its Civil Administration

A Thanksgiving event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kachin Independence Organization’s (KIO) Department of General Administration (DGA) is scheduled for November 14-15 in Laiza, Kachin State. It is the biggest celebration organized by…

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KIO Commemoration Called Off Due to Burma Army Attack

KIO Commemoration Called Off Due to Burma Army Attack

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) could not hold an event to commemorate the 59th anniversary of its founding due to a Burma Army attack on the northern Shan State village where the proceedings were to…

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Amid Ceasefire Speculation, Kachin IDPs Ask If They Will ‘Need to Run Again’

Amid Ceasefire Speculation, Kachin IDPs Ask If They Will ‘Need to Run Again’

Kachin people displaced by war have expressed concern about how a potential ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Burma Army could affect their security. The KIO is among the majority of armed…

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Fighting Between Burma Army, KIA Reignites in Kachin State

Fighting Between Burma Army, KIA Reignites in Kachin State

Fighting between the Burma Army and forces belonging to the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) resumed on Monday in Kachin State’s Mohnyin Township following the expiry of the military’s nine-month unilateral ceasefire declaration. According to local…