Inter-agency assessment mission to Laiza and Maija Yang areas in Kachin State, September 2013

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Inter-agency cross-line missions to areas beyond Government control carried out in September 2013

In August 2013, the Government granted permission for UN and INGOs to carry out cross-line missions to four areas of Kachin State where a total of approximately 25,000 IDPs are located. The permission covered the period of one month, from 26 August to 4 October, during which partners planned six missions to cover these areas. Three out of those six missions assisted IDPs in and surrounding Laiza, an area which missions had not been able to reach since December 2011 and has the highest concentration of IDPs in the areas beyond government control (over 15,000 people). The fourth mission assisted camps in the Maija Yang area. Given adverse road conditions due to above-average rainfall during the month of September, the remaining two missions to the surrounding areas of Mansi and Sadung could not go ahead. In total, 14 cross-line missions have taken place since the beginning of the conflict.

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