More than 1,700 child soldiers in Myanmar have been reunited with their parents, and about 800 military officers and other army personnel who recruited and used them have been punished, a defense ministry official said Thursday during a workshop in Naypyidaw to discuss the creation of a complaint mechanism to report instances of forced labour, RFA reported.
Myanmar and India have begun to jointly conduct voter registration training in Nay Pyi Taw to raise the capacity of staff working with the Election Commission's Office and all levels of sub-commissions, Xinhua reported.
The opening of the five-day training course from Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, organized by Myanmar's Union Election Commission (UEC) and Election Commission of India, was attended by UEC Chairman U Hla Thein and Senior Consultant of India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management School Dr. Noor Mohamad and trainees.
Myanmar’s military has freed all but two of 15 villagers suspected of contact with rebel forces, whom it had detained in Buthidaung township amid fighting between government soldiers and the Arakan Army (AA) in northern Rakhine state, RFA reported quoting a national lawmaker
The 13 were released after being held for one day after soldiers questioned them about possible connections to the Arakan Army and asked if they were supplying food to its soldiers, Maung Kyaw Zan, a legislator in the upper house of parliament, told RFA’s Myanmar Service.
By Soe Thu Aung
Food supplies cannot be transported through Chinese territory to over 70,000 Kachin Internally Displaced People (IDPs) staying along the Sino-Myanmar border because of a war game being conducted by the army of the People’s Republic of China.
Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson from Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) said, “China bans our usual transport of food supplies to the IDP camps along the border. We can do nothing. Now the ban has been over two weeks so we have difficulties in supplying food such as rice and other basic foodstuffs to these camps.”
By Demoe Thway
Tanintharyi town faced food shortages after it was hit by severe flooding for the third time with rising river water levels while some people were not receiving relief supplies as they could not go to relief camps, local people said.
After the incessant rain, the water level in Tanintharyi River crossed 3’ above the danger level and authorities had to release water from the embankment built for protecting the town from flooding.
Police in Paung, Mon State, evacuated the fishing community in Ahlyat Village in Paung Township as high tide destroyed their homes yesterday, state media reported.
The wave destroyed seven homes yesterday and 37 on Monday in the fishing village. Police also relocated 26 houses and evacuated the villagers yesterday, according to the Paung Township General Administration Department.
The number of flood victims has reached over 5,000 until July 21 in at least 15 villages of Tanintharyi Township, Myeik District, Tanintharyi Region.
Tanintharyi Township Natural Disaster Information Committee confirmed the number by collecting the names of people who reached relief camps and relatives’ homes after the flooding.
Local people said that incessant rain in Dawei made the water level high in Tanintharyi River and it reached danger level 17’ on July 15 and reached danger level 26’ on July 20.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has had ongoing operations in Kachin State since 2008, when a field office was opened in the Kachin capital, Myitkyina, to provide food assistance to conflict-affected communities, according to a WFP statement. WFP’s long-term relief and recovery operations aim to support people in rebuilding their livelihoods and improving their food security and nutritional status.
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.