News and Updates
Refugees watch election with interest, trepidation
The Myanmar Times has published a front page article exploring refugee perspectives about the elections. While an error about rice rations in the 1990s is unfortunate, the inclusion of refugees in reporting by the mass media about national political affairs is a welcome development.
Conflict and displacement on the Asia Highway
Karen News report that six villages in Kawkareik Township have been displaced and are facing food shortages since conflict over taxation revenues on the Asia Highway erupted in July. Tensions along the trans-border corridor continue despite the official opening on 30 August.
Conflict and Abuse in Southern Shan State
The Shan Human Rights Foundation reports civilians have been conscripted as human shields by Tatmadaw troops during ongoing clashes with the Shan State Army-South in Kunhing Township. This follows increased tensions related to the proposed construction of a large-scale hydropower dam on the nearby Salween River.
Netherlands Documentary Video
On 30 April and 01 May, two people from 'Metterdaad', a Christian multimedia organization from the Netherlands which is linked to one of our member organizations ICCO, visited the largest refugee camp on the border - Mae La - to talk to people in the camp and understand some of the hopes and fears they have for their future.
Situation in Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp after the fire on the 7th of April
Luckily there was no casualties caused by the fire, but 194 houses were damaged (151 totally burned down , 43 dismantled) and 5 community buildings were destroyed. RTG authorities, UNHCR, TBC and other INGOs working in the camp have been coordinating the response with the community. The day after the fire TBC sent out an Emergency Funding Appeal to obtain the necessary funds to cover the costs for the response.