MYANMAR: mass exodus from refugee camp

The Burma Army soldiers (pictured here at Nam Lim Pa village) are currently occupying both Nam Lim Pa village and Nam Lim Pa IDP camp

The Burma Army soldiers (pictured here at Nam Lim Pa village) are currently occupying both Nam Lim Pa village and Nam Lim Pa IDP camp
The Burma Army soldiers (pictured here at Nam Lim Pa village) are currently occupying both Nam Lim Pa village and Nam Lim Pa IDP camp

BHAMO—Fighting between government troops and KIA forces erupted near Namt Lin Par refugee camp on Sunday, causing refugees to flee from the camp, sources say.

The refugees ran away from the camp to Mansi Kyi, some two days’ walking distance from the camp, after news that fighting would start at 10 p.m. reached the camp. The fighting lasted until 11 a.m. on Monday, and all was quiet by mid-day.

When government troops entered Ma Khaw Yan, Mone Dane Par and Kaung Jwar villages during the second week of October, locals ran away to Namt Lin Par village and Bhamo. The villagers from Namt Lin Par village had to flee to the Namt Lin Par refugee camp due to the government troops entering the village.

“The refugee groups that arrived today are from Ma Kyaing, Namt Lin Par and Kaung Lwin. We had about 1,000 refugees at first and now there are more than 2,000 refugees,” an in-charge of the refugee camp said.

Due to the renewal of hostilities on October 22, more than 2,000 refugees fled to Bhamo. Now there are more than 4,000 refugees in Mansi and Bhamo as a result of the increasing numbers who have fled the fighting, according to the Kachin Baptist Church (KBC).

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