Police seize a stash of illicit narcotics worth 1.6 billion kyats ($1.17 million) and arrest two suspects at a checkpoint in Lel Pyin village, part of Kachin State’s Hpakant Township, with a follow-up search of the accused possessors’ property yielding an additional 700 million kyats in drugs.
DVB’s Youth Voice team visits camps for the internally displaced in Kachin State to speak to young people about the particular challenges they have faced as the war raging in northern Burma entered its seventh year.
As a deadline passed for civilians to evacuate gold and amber mines in Kachin State’s Tanai Township, more fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) flared near the mining sites on Friday.
With thousands of miners and their families in recent days having fled gold and amber mines in villages across Tanai Township to Tanai town, in northern Kachin State, the military has told leaders at the camps for the internally displaced that the temporary settlements should be moved elsewhere.
During a brief trip to conflict-wracked Kachin State on Tuesday, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited displacement camps and, in a lighter moment, posed for photos with a pair of nonagenarians who similarly smiled for the camera with Suu Kyi’s father more than a half-century ago.
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has acknowledged, albeit somewhat obliquely, the deteriorating security environment in Kachin State, with the office of Burma’s de facto leader donating 300 million kyats ($222,000) to those displaced by conflict.
Activists and members of the public in Myitkyina staged a protest on Tuesday against hydroelectric dam proposals as a workshop was being held in the Kachin State capital to discuss issues surrounding these often contentious developments.
An ethnic Tai-Leng, or “Red Shan,” schoolteacher was reportedly shot dead by unknown assailants on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the murder of a fellow Red Shan man in similar fashion, both in the Kachin State jade mining township of Hpakant.