While Talks Continue, KIO Keeps War Footing

Despite the handshaking in Rangoon, Kachin armed forces on the frontline still have ample reason to remain vigilant in northern Burma.

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Burma’s Census Marred by Controversy Over Ethnic Question

Not only issues in Arakan State but the government’s list of 135 ethnic groups in the country are contentious in the ongoing census-taking process.

Kachin Won’t Suffer From Missing Out on Census: KIO

Burma’s state-run media has accused an ethnic Kachin armed group of preventing the census from taking place in certain areas under its control using “threats.”

‘The Elders’ Call for Burma’s Peace, Transition to Be More Inclusive

As the group completes its second delegation to Burma, former world leaders note the “mistrust” that blights progress in the country.

Life Goes On in Kachin Camps, But the Future Is Bleak

Thousands of people are living in temporary shelters on the Burmese-Chinese border after they were displaced by the ongoing war in Kachin State.

One Dead in Kachin IDP Camp Fire

An accidental fire at one of the camps for internally displaced persons in Kachin State claims the life of a 13-year-old girl.

‘When Political Problems Are Solved, There Will Be No More Battles’

Kachin Independence Organization spokesman La Nan discusses ongoing fighting between Kachin rebels and the Burmese military, and considers prospects for a lasting peace.

A Cold, Tired Life for Kachin Families at Border Post 6

Hundreds of people live at this camp along the China border, huddling around fires in unlit makeshift homes and praying for an end to war.

Kachin Farmer Still in Jail Despite International Legal Victory

A UN agency has called for the release of Lahpai Gam, who was allegedly tortured and forced to confess to a connection to Kachin rebels.

In Kachin State, an Act of Kindness on Christmas

A Rangoon-based fashion designer brings $25,000 worth of gifts for children at camps for internally displaced persons in north Burma.

Two Kachin Sentenced to Five More Years in Prison for Alleged Bomb Plot

Men already jailed under Unlawful Associations Under get five-year sentences for trying to bomb a government building in Myitkyina.

In Crusading for Peace and Empowering Women, Kachin Activist Finds a Calling

May Sabe Phyu says she can’t sit around and wait for others to change Burma, where women are marginalized and civil war still simmers.

Kachin Clashes Leave IDPs out in the Cold

Around half of the 2,000 civilians displaced by the latest outbreak of fighting in Kachin State are still hiding in the jungle.

Hope Springs From Heartbreak in Drug-Plagued Kachin

A former heroin addict now runs a drug rehabilitation center in Kachin State, where locals say the need is great as narcotics become increasingly prevalent.

In Kachin, Burma’s Reforms Seem a World Away

While Kachin State farmers struggle to make ends meet because of poor soil, low yields and chronic indebtedness, others are hampered by conflict.

Rice Farmers Go Back to School in Kachin State

International donors are hoping that improved rice farming techniques will lift farmers out of poverty, but many challenges remain.

Myitsone Dam Project on Hold, but Far From Dead

Burma suspended the project in 2011 but a Chinese firm wants to push it forward and continues to keep staff members at the site.

Displaced Civilians Weigh in On War and Peace in Kachin State

People at a temporary camp in north Burma want to go home, but despite ceasefire talks, heavy doubts linger over prospects for peace.

Kachin Leader Gets Long-Sought Approval for Political Party

The four-year-long efforts of senior Kachin leader Manam Tu Ja to register a party representing the ethnic minority group’s interests have finally paid off.

Kachin Clashes Continue as Ethnic Leaders Meet

Fighting between government troops and Kachin rebels shows no signs of abating, even as ethnic leaders gather to prepare for nationwide peace talks.

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