Crisis in Myanmar’s Kachin means jungle treks to escape war

Source: Associated Press

By MIN KYI THEIN

MYITKYINA, Myanmar (AP) — As the Myanmar army’s bombs started falling near her home in Kachin state, Nlam Numrang Doi and her neighbors decided they had no choice but to grab what they could and scatter into the jungle.

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“We were in so much trouble, I couldn’t even swallow my food,” the 92-year-old recalled. “If we stayed in the village, we didn’t know what could happen to us.”

She climbed onto her grandson’s back and he carried her to a river where she and nearly 800 other villagers boarded boats to reach the state capital, part of a wave of 6,800 people who have fled their homes in Kachin since a fresh government offensive began in early April.

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Categories: Asia, Myanmar, The Muslim Times

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