More than 45,000 civilians from Myanmar's northern Kachin State are still without homes, food security or access to medical aid, as fighting between the government and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) rages on, IRIN
The two groups lived in peace for more than 17 years, though fighting sparked up again in June, forcing thousands of residents in the area out of their homes and into makeshift camps. Now, the 45,000-plus displaced people still reside in the 30 camps spread out along the Burmese-Chinese border. The structures consist of bamboo branches with plastic sheets for the roof and straw to cover the floors.
With the winter setting in, humanitarians are trying their best to reach the most vulnerable residents. The news outlet reports that a group of volunteers in one section of the city work tirelessly to load food like rice, corn and cooking oil, as well as medicine, onto motorcycles to be dropped off.
"The cold weather is taking its toll on the people and there is a need for more nutritional food," May Li Aung, director of WunPawng Ninghtoi, a local volunteer group, told the publication.
The Office of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar recently reported that the UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs were able to get six truck loads of supplies into camps, though more needs to be done to help those in dire need who have nowhere to go.