Children bear brunt of Myanmar conflict

Children and the elderly left to fend for themselves in refugee camps as war in Kachin state grinds on.

    In northern Myanmar’s refugee camps, children are often left alone to fend for themselves.

    Some parents have to leave to find work, leaving their children behind. Other parents have been killed in a long-running civil war which continues to take a heavy toll on Kachin state.

    There are many problems facing the most vulnerable in the camps, including children and the elderly.

    In a site on the Chinese border, the water supply is becoming toxic because it runs through a large sugar-cane plantation where pesticides are regularly used. Children have been developing rashes and diarrhoea.

    Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from neighbouring Bangkok, Thailand.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    Blood-rusted Sword: Elite force of Saudi crown prince

    Blood-rusted Sword: Elite force of Saudi crown prince

    Al-Ajrab Sword Brigade, formed in 2015, comprises elite forces from across Saudi military ranks.

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.