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In pictures: Kachin IDPs seek shelter in China

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By AUNG KYAW ZAW

Hka Hkye Zup refugee camp, the makeshift home of more than 1,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), is located along the Burma-China border in Kachin State’s Mansi Township.

Renewed combat between the Burmese army and the Kachin Independence Army in early April has forced many of the IDPs to flee once again, this time seeking sanctuary in neighbouring China.

Across a narrow creek that serves as a border, Lung Kawk, China, is now accommodating about 109 ethnic IDPs. While the displaced still do not feel safe enough to return, they face a severe shortage of supplies like clean water, food and shelter.

While Chinese authorities have tolerated the settlement of IDPs, they are not granting access to humanitarian aid agencies delivering what could be life-saving aid.

These photos were taken from the Chinese side of the border, illustrating just how close the settlements are to each other, while still so critically disconnected.

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