Burma: Residents Flee As Fighting Intensifies In Northern Shan State


By Nang Mya Nadi

More than 1,000 Palaung ethnic residents in northern Shan state have fled their homes as fighting between government forces and several ethnic armed groups continues to erupt in the region.

Lwe Poe Rein of the Taaung (Palaung) Students and Youth Association said fighting between the Burmese Army and armed groups, including the Kachin Independence Army, Taaung National Liberation Army and the Shan State Army-North, near Kutkhai, Mongtong, Namhsang and Namtu townships has forced residents to abandon their homes.


“Most people are fleeing into the jungle,” said Lwe Poe Rein.

“There are more than 1,000 people including women and children – most of the males are elderly.”

According to Lwe Poe Rein, the Burmese Army has five battalions active in the region and most of the displaced people are from Pankhagyi, Pankhalay, Naok, Sankaw and Konpaung villages in Mongtong township and Mawaw village in Namtu township.

Aid has not been able to reach victims hiding in the jungle, most of whom are tea farmers whose land has been ruined by the fighting.

Meanwhile, relief groups in Kachin state said heavy fighting in the Hpakant jade mining region has forced about 6,000 villagers to leave their homes. According to experts, there are an estimated 90,000 people in Kachin state who have been displaced.

The KIA and Burmese troops have been involved in intense fighting, after a ceasefire broke down in June 2011.

Although the government signed a raft of ceasefire deals earlier in the year with armed ethnic groups across the country, Burmese troops continue to engage in brief skirmishes with the rebel armies, which observers say is a sign that the military isn’t always willing to live up to the agreements brokered by union politicians.

With talks between armies actively fighting the government stagnating, armed groups are openly vocalizing their weariness of the ongoing peace process.

Democratic Voice of Burma

The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) is a non-profit Burmese media organization committed to responsible journalism.

2 thoughts on “Burma: Residents Flee As Fighting Intensifies In Northern Shan State

  • September 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

    What the civilised world is doing while burmese govt,military are going for ethnic cleansing?Where is humanitarism?Is there no way to refrain burmese govt & military from going for this?Kachin,Shan,Chin,Rohingya,Karen & Mon people are suffering from atrocities by bamars.But why?What is their crime?Only solution is balkanisation of Burma.

  • September 6, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Vocal segment of the public of Burma including the so-called democratic forces with Aung San Suu Kyi leading the pack and the other armed groups like KNU, SSA, etc. are all desperately and impatiently waiting for the international conglomerate to come in and rape the land and make it “progress” or “advanced” so that if that means killing off all the Kachins according to the military’s wishes, no one would bat an eyelid.

    The current reaction- which is absolutely nothing- is the best they could come out for the Kachin. Busy tryin to plan New Rangoon.


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