Despite the handshaking in Rangoon, Kachin armed forces on the frontline still have ample reason to remain vigilant in northern Burma.
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.
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.”
As the group completes its second delegation to Burma, former world leaders note the “mistrust” that blights progress in the country.
Thousands of people are living in temporary shelters on the Burmese-Chinese border after they were displaced by the ongoing war in Kachin State.
An accidental fire at one of the camps for internally displaced persons in Kachin State claims the life of a 13-year-old girl.
Kachin Independence Organization spokesman La Nan discusses ongoing fighting between Kachin rebels and the Burmese military, and considers prospects for a lasting peace.
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.
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.
A Rangoon-based fashion designer brings $25,000 worth of gifts for children at camps for internally displaced persons in north Burma.
Men already jailed under Unlawful Associations Under get five-year sentences for trying to bomb a government building in Myitkyina.
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.
Around half of the 2,000 civilians displaced by the latest outbreak of fighting in Kachin State are still hiding in the jungle.
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.
While Kachin State farmers struggle to make ends meet because of poor soil, low yields and chronic indebtedness, others are hampered by conflict.
International donors are hoping that improved rice farming techniques will lift farmers out of poverty, but many challenges remain.
Burma suspended the project in 2011 but a Chinese firm wants to push it forward and continues to keep staff members at the site.
People at a temporary camp in north Burma want to go home, but despite ceasefire talks, heavy doubts linger over prospects for peace.
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.
Fighting between government troops and Kachin rebels shows no signs of abating, even as ethnic leaders gather to prepare for nationwide peace talks.