Refugees appeal for warm clothes, food
THE cold weather has began to bite for thousands of people displaced by the fighting in Kachin State, who are appealing for warm clothes and food as they struggle to survive.
The appeal came from an estimated 40,000 refugees in areas controlled by the ethnic Kachin Independence Army (KIA) who have not received aid from local or international aid agencies for the past three years.
Fighting between the KIA and Tatmadaw (military) re-ignited in 2011, forcing an estimated 120,000 people to seek refuge in dilapidated refugee camps, according to U Gum Sha Awng, secretary of Joint Strategy Team, a local relief group comprised of nine civil society organisations.
Meanwhile, conservationists seem to be banging their heads against a wall trying to find a way to stop the poaching of wild elephants, one of which was found killed and skinned last week in a forest in Pathein township of Ayeyarwady Region.
The 15-year-old male had been killed with a poisoned arrow, according to U Khin Maung Myint, director of the Ayeyarwady Forest Department.
The poaching continues despite combined patrols by police, the department and environmental groups, he added. From January to September, seven wild elephants died in Ayeyarwady, three of them killed by poachers.
In the economic capital of Yangon, health authorities have raised concerns about the rising number of dog bites, which has broken a three-year record.
Dr. Khin Theingi Myint, medical superintendent of Yangon General Hospital, said that 1394 people were bitten by dogs in October, the highest number recorded in the past three years. From January to October this year, 8629 people have sought treatment for dog bites at the hospital.
The problem of thousands of stray dogs loitering on the streets of Yangon has been going on for years, and city authorities have yet to find a solution.
The Yangon City Development Committee currently uses five methods to deal with stray dogs: neutering, vaccination, sending dangerous dogs to shelters, poisoning, and promoting responsible pet ownership.
In Kayin State, people flocked to a village to pay their last respects to the highly respected Sadayaw U Bhaddanta, 71, who passed away last month.
A grand funeral was held for the revered monk on Tuesday in Myaing Gyi Ngu village of Hpa-an township after thousands of people held a vigil.