The Con­flict In North­ern Myan­mar’s Kachin State

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As of the lat­est re­port, there were thou­sands of refugees in the Sino-Burma boarder in the North­ern part of Myan­mar’s Kachin state as the re­sult of Myan­mar’s army of­fen­sive at­tack against the Kachin eth­nic armed group. Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Ger­hard Baum­gard in 2013, the sit­u­a­tion in Kachin State is more des­per­ate than ever. A friend just sent me the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion over the week­end: “… As I’m sure you know there is fierce fight­ing in Kachin State with the gov­ern­ment us­ing Rus­sian-made MI24/35 Hind he­li­copter gun­ships and air-to-ground at­tack air­craft (K-8 Karako­rams made in China) for the first time ever in the his­tory of the civil war. As usual, the UN in Rangoon is do­ing noth­ing.” I was there about a month ago and wrote this – “More war than peace in Myan­mar.”

He fur­ther said, the fight­ing in­ten­si­fied af­ter that and the main as­sault was launched – on Christ­mas Eve in De­cem­ber 2012, against a Chris­tian peo­ple. This mil­i­tary cam­paign won’t solve any­thing, it will just lead to eth­nic ha­tred. Kachins I know say that “we don’t want to feel that way, we know it’s wrong to be anti-Burmese be­cause of this, but we can’t help it. The mil­i­tary backed gov­ern­ment doesn’t want a gen­uine cease­fire but just a sur­ren­der of Kachin In­de­p­dent Army(KIA). Sim­i­larly, now, Arakan Army(AA), (TLA) and other are asked to sur­ren­der, but they re­fused. Ac­tu­ally, KIA wants po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue but the Myan­mar mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment wants a war so­lu­tion, said KIA Gen­eral Duk­aba Gun­htang Gam Shawng. He boldly said at the in­ter­viewed, we, Kachin eth­nics, are Chris­tian and we don’t like reli­gious re­stric­tion in the Kachin state, such as re­stric­tions on Church build­ing. He ac­cused ‘Satan’ who he says works among the Burmese mil­i­tary in-or­der to at­tack us, of­fen­sively. The cruel Burmese mil­i­tary don’t even want to re­ceived back their pris­on­ers of war, which the KIA is will­ing to re­turn back to them. Gen­eral Gun­htang de­ter­mines to de­fend the eth­nic Kachin peo­ple un­til the end even they are the only group re­mained and the rest of eth­nic groups went for cease­fire, be­cause KIA has a bit­ter ex­pe­ri­enced for the last 17 years cease­fire with un­trust­wor­thy Burmese mil­i­tary. Many peo­ple warned the cur­rent Eth­nic cease­fire groups, “don’t look only for an op­por­tu­nity, also be­ware of the Burmese mil­i­tary’s trap.” Se­nior Eth­nic politi­cians and ex­pert from around the world are also un­happy with the way Eth­nic cease­fire groups are deal­ing the sit­u­a­tion, and a Po­lit­i­cal Sci­en­tist has ar­gued it is just a sub­sti­tu­tion of the pre­vi­ous cease­fire groups, no gen­uine progress in the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion or struc­tural changes for fu­ture na­tion build­ing have been made. The cease­fire groups are still lack in po­lit­i­cal knowl­edge.

Gen­eral Gun­htang thanks God for help­ing dur­ing the war, in fact, he makes more unity among the Kachin peo­ple, and even they can se­cure enough sup­plies, in­clud­ing fi­nances and weapons which his army is in need of, and in or­der to feed thou­sands of refugees. As Chief of KIA’s Army, Gen­eral Gun­htang prays at least three times a day and reads at least one chap­ter of the Bi­ble.

Eth­nic refugees run­ning away for safety at China boarder

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