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

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.