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Displaced Villagers Can Go Home If A Ceasefire Is Signed: Kachin Organizations Say

Displaced Villagers Can Go Home If A Ceasefire Is Signed: Kachin Organizations Say

On the anniversary of the conflict in Kachin State, the Kachin National Consultative Assembly (KNCA) stated that all internally displaced persons (IDPs) would be able to return to their homes if the warring parties sign…

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Kachin State Won’t Build COVID-19 Lab

Kachin State Won’t Build COVID-19 Lab

The Kachin State government says it can’t build a laboratory to test for the novel coronavirus because there’s a dearth of medical personnel with the expertise to operate a lab of this kind. Khun Myat…

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Plans To Send IDPs Home Delayed

Plans To Send IDPs Home Delayed

KNG spoke with Pastor Hpauyam Hka Li, the head of Kachin Baptist Convention’s (KBC) development department, about the obstacles his organisation faces returning the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their villages. KBC said it would…

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Tatmadaw Discusses COVID-19 Prevention With KIO

Tatmadaw Discusses COVID-19 Prevention With KIO

The Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) held a meeting about COVID-19 prevention in KIO territory on May 20 in which government forces gave protective equipment to the KIO. The KIO’s information department…

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KIO And Govt Prepare For Pandemic

KIO And Govt Prepare For Pandemic

The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Kachin National Consultative Assembly met with the state government for the first time to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. KIO officials that attended the meeting last Wednesday in…

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Townships Without Internet Can’t Join Online Classes

Townships Without Internet Can’t Join Online Classes

Seven townships in Kachin State, without internet services, will be left out of the government’s plan to resume classes online, after the lockdown forced schools across Burma to close.  Khin Hning Oo, the deputy head…

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Kachin State’s First COVID-19 Patient Discharged From Hospital

Kachin State’s First COVID-19 Patient Discharged From Hospital

Kachin State’s first COVID-19 patient—and Burma’s 144th—was discharged from Myitkyina hospital on Monday after testing negative twice for the virus last week. Dr. Phone Maw, head of the hospital, said that the man left at…

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EAOs Cautious About Collaboration With Govt’s COVID-19 Coordination Committee, Insiders Say

EAOs Cautious About Collaboration With Govt’s COVID-19 Coordination Committee, Insiders Say

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) replied to and acknowledged the Burmese government’s official letter announcing the formation of a COVID-19 coordination committee in ethnic regions, but further actions to collaborate have not been taken by…

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Govt Won’t Drop Charges Against Three Artists Over COVID-19 Mural

Govt Won’t Drop Charges Against Three Artists Over COVID-19 Mural

The deputy director of Kachin State’s religious affairs department is refusing to drop the legal case against three painters charged with violating Article 295 of Burma’s penal code, alleging the artists insulted religion with their…

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Lockdowns Hurt Businesses In Kachin State Villages

Lockdowns Hurt Businesses In Kachin State Villages

Business owners in Myitkyina township are struggling to survive after COVID-19 lockdowns forced their restaurants and beer stations to close. Wah Yon Taw, Nagar lake, and Blue Water lake recreational areas, located near Aung Myin…