The Conflict In Northern Myanmar’s Kachin State
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