On 10 April fighting broke out between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in southern Kachin State.
Conflicting figures are reported regarding the number of displaced. The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), KIA’s political wing, claims that more than 10,000 people have been displaced. The Government has not confirmed this figure. Local aid groups reported on 21 April displacement of over 5,000 people during the first week of the conflict. An estimated 1,000 children are among the newly displaced.
Fighting has affected several villages on the borders between Kachin state, northern Shan state, and China. Four camps, accommodating nearly 3,700 IDPs, are located in close vicinity to the fighting, and many of these people have been displaced for the third time since 2011.