Updates from the Burma Region

Many of our partners are deeply engaged in human rights work on the ground. WEAVE, our partner on the Thai/Burmese border recently sent us updates several humanitarian crises in the region. Here are two recent updates from the Executive Director of WEAVE (www.weave-women.org):

Dear all,

Forwarding information on the humanitarian crisis in northern Shan State affecting over 30,000 people. Below is a video footage and attached infomation on the extent of displacement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4n3-q61L0&feature=player_embedded  Crossborder assistance is led by local Shan groups and WEAVE is coordinating with other agencies on the Thai-Burma border to raise funds. Any form of assistance is highly appreciated.

In early June 2011, the ceasefire agreement between the Kachin Independent Army and the Burmese military broke down after subsequent fighting took place that drove thousands of Kachin people to flee on the Kachin-China border. Here is the current update on the situation of Kachin Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAqPThpL_v4&feature=related

Approximately 20,000 people are encamped in 15 temporary shelters along the Burma-China border and around 3,000 people are seeking refugee in towns in Kachin State. Three quarter of IDPs are women and children.  Pregnant women and children from camps do not get enough nutrients and treatment because of lack of food supply and medicine. Children are placed in schools but do not receive enough learning materials such as books, pens and etc. There are on-going reports that human rights violations continue to take place. Crossborder assistance is led by local Kachin groups and WEAVE is coordinating with other agencies on the Kachin-China border and internationally to raise funds. Any form of assistance is highly appreciated.
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