Since February 9, Kokang Self-Administered Zone has been severally affected by continuous armed conflict between the Government forces and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) supported by Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Arakan Army. A state of emergency, declared by the President, is still in place.
Ongoing clashes have resulted in a massive displacement of people from Kokang to adjacent northern Shan State, Wa Self-Administrative Division, and Yunnan Province of China, where several camps were formed.
The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) arranged convoys to transport conflict-affected people, who were mostly Bamar migrant workers, from Laukkai, the capital of Kokang, to Lashio city in northern Shan, where transit camps were set up. Food and other assistance was provided by local civil society organisations and private donors. The convoys have been suspended after repeated ambushed attacks, causing injuries and a death of MRCS staff.
Depending on location of and access to the camps for internally displaced people (IDPs), humanitarian assistance has been provided through various channels and by different actors.