Kachin people in Myanmar face food shortages

A civil war for more than sixty years has left the Kachin people in northern Myanmar facing much problems.

    Aid agencies in northern Myanmar say tens of thousands of ethnic Kachin people are facing food shortages and health problems. 

    The Kachin, one of many ethnic groups in Myanmar, have been fighting for greater autonomy since the country gained independence from Britain more than six decades ago.

    A 17 year ceasefire with the government was broken in June, after a dispute over a government project to build a dam in the state.

    Over the past six months, around 30,000 people have been displaced and in the makeshift refugee camps, conditions are difficult.

    Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.