By May Htwai
Some IDPs said that not all of them could get financial assistance provided by World Food Programme (WFP) as they provided this assistance based on the number of IDPs in each camp in Kachin State.
Currenlty WFP gives IDPs in Kachin State 10,000 kyats per month each. They give financial assistance to IDPs based on the numbers found in each camp during their visit and not on the list of actual households in the camps. Jar Nan from Jan Mai Khawm IDP camp said.
Myanmar government officials have stepped up to help in several regions of Myanmar that have been badly hit recently by heavy rain and flooding, inundating villages and damaging roads and other infrastructure, according to local media reports 23 June.
By Tin Shwe
A boy has drowned after incessant rain in Sagu Township, Minbu District while some houses were also washed away leaving some people homeless.
According to Magway Region, Relied and Resettlement Department, Sagu Township had incessant rain from June 9 to 12 and six houses were washed away in the torrential rain that left 976 people homeless. The child was drowned in a stream.
By Soe Thu Aung
Officials from Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) said the forthcoming third session of 21st Century Panglong Conference would discuss security sector reform.
There are five main sectors on the agenda of the 21st Century Panglong Conference for discussion these are Political, Economics, Social, Security, and Land and Environment. Security sector reform was not discussed at the last session.
At the second session of the conference, Tatmadaw, EOAs group and Political Parties disagreed on security sector reform and further discussion was postponed.
By Daung Lu
Yangon Region government Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein visited Shwepyithar Township to gauge the damage caused by a tornado which hit the township on May 29 in the early morning.
CM Phyo Min Thein instructed departmental officials to clear debris and trees which were uprooted in the storm, restore electricity by fixing damaged poles and distribution cables and restore water and the electricity supply.
Fire fighters in the township are currently clearing debris of houses which were damaged and trees uprooted.
By Soe Thu Aung
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Injangyang Township in Kachin State have now returned to their homes because there has not been any fresh fighting in their area, according to residents.
But they are not IDPs from camps in Myitkyina and Waimaw, said Pram Shaung, an official at an IDP camp at a Baptist church in Myitkyina.
"Those who fled here (Myitkyina) have not returned to their homes," he said.
He guessed that just about ten families hidden in Injangyang Township returned to their homes.
Karen National Union (KNU) spokesman Maj. Gen. Saw Issac Phoe told Mizzima that the government troops stationed in Hpapun District for road building work had started to withdraw from the area.
KNU top delegation led by Chairman Saw Mutu Say Phoe met with Tatmadaw (Defence Services) C-in-C Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing on May 17 in Nay Pyi Taw and then under the agreement reached at this meeting, the government troops are withdrawing from this area.
By Soe Thu Aung
Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Information and News In-charge Col. Naw Bu said that Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has been fighting in four townships of Kachin State and the military situation was still tense between the two armies.
“We have been fighting regularly in Tanai, Phakant, Myitkyina and Injangyang townships and we can say the military situation is still tense between the two armies,” he said.
By Zeyar Maw
The 11th Battalion of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and government troops clashed near Kasong village, Namti Township, Kachin State from April 20 in the evening to April 21.
KIA spokesman Col. Naw Bu said, “Government troops fired heavy weapons at Kasong village where KIA 11th Battalion is stationed on April 20. Then air bombardment followed. At dusk, ground fighting took place.”
“We hear that currently, about 2,000 people are taking refuge at churches in Namti,” Col. Naw Bu added.
Gale force winds hit the Bago, Ayeyawady and Sagaing regions on 15, 16 and 17 April, killing one person and damaging more than 800 houses, state media reported.
The winds hit four village-tracts in Paungde Township, Bago Region, on 16 April destroying 34 houses and ripping off the roofs of some 500 houses and four monasteries. One man died in the disaster. The gale storm also hit three village-tracts in Nattalin Township in the same region on 16 April, damaging more than 150 houses and destroying two houses and five monasteries.
By Zeyar Maw
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) issued a press statement saying they fought with the Tatmadaw (government military) on March 8 in Namtu Township, northern Shan State.
TNLA Information Department said that they had an engagement with the Tatmadaw from 4:50 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. in Namtu Township between Panlaw and Narsaing villages.
The statement issued by the TNLA says, “Fighting has not yet eased and the Tatmadaw is reinforcing its troops while both sides are monitoring each other’s movements.”
The Nippon Foundation has completed its 300th School in Shan State, state media reported on 5 March.
The post-primary school was built under an initiative to construct schools by the Ministry of Border Affairs and the Nippon Foundation.
According to the report, the Nippon Foundation has been providing assistance since 2002 to build or renovate schools and implement projects in the community to raise funds. He said the foundation was planning to expand the project into northern and southern Shan state and Kayah State to build some 120 schools.
The Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong will be held in late April or early May, according to the 7th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, state media reported.
The launch ceremony of the HIV/AIDS Flagship (UHF) project, with a fund of US$10 million and backed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was held at Sedona Hotel, Yangon, yesterday, state media reported.
The two-year project (2018-2019) is being executed in places with the highest rates of HIV infection: Kachin and Shan states, and the Sagaing, Yangon and Mandalay regions.
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) which signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on February 13 discussed implementation of the peace process with the eight other signatories in Chiang Mai on February 18 and 19.
Spokesman for the ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), Pado Saw Tah Doh Mu, said they discussed the Joint Implementation Committee Meeting (JICM) and inclusion of new members in Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC).
Ndup Yang IDP camp In-charge said that about 1,000 war refugees and local people had to flee from their camp after heavy weapon shells hit the camp in Sumprabum Township, northern Kachin State.
Ndup Yang Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp In-charge Rev. Ban Seng said on January 23 in the evening about 400 war refugees from the camp and local people from nearby villages of Lord Mai Yang, N Thang Zup, Zup Yar, Samar Bum totaling over 1,000 people had to flee their homes and camp after artillery shells hit the camp on January 22.
At least 52 armed incidents took place nationwide in December, down from 63 the previous month, while the conflict in Shan and Kachin intensified, according to the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS) in their January briefing.
The Ambassador of Italy to Myanmar Pier Giorgio Aliberti has said, “The peace process is crucial for the future of Myanmar and the solution of ethnic conflicts, which have been going on for too many decades, is essential to ensure the development of this country. Myanmar people are facing significant challenges, but the international community is ready to help the Government and every actor involved in order to lay the foundations of national reconciliation through constructive dialogue.”
Mizzima Editor in Chief Soe Myint sat down with Mr Nigel Roberts, Interim Director of the Technical Secretariat of the Joint Peace Fund this week to talk about his mission and the progress being made to bring peace to Myanmar.
As a prelude to the interview, Mr Roberts said he has been filling in between one director and another with the Joint Peace Fund, so he said he did not consider himself an expert on the Myanmar peace process. However, he did stress that he has a lot of experience in other countries, so he could refer to that and some of the lessons and comparisons there.
On Friday, 5 January 2018
The volunteers who are helping war refugees said that food relief supplies were needed for a growing number of refugees taking shelter in refugee camps in Mansi, Kachin State and Kyaukme, Shan State.
Tin Maung Thein from Kyaukme Ziwita Social Assistance Association which is helping refugees said that emergency food and blankets were needed for 1,000 new refugees taking refuge in four camps in Kyaukme.