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The Kachin

For centuries, the Kachin, who number about 1,600,000, lived in relative peace in the northern Myanmar mountains near the border with China. After Myanmar gained independence from the British in 1948, they were promised equality and self determination. Today Guardian paper says that Kachin face slow genocide. China in the past used to allow the survivors to cross over to China but it no longer allows that freedom, trapping the displaced people.

Historically, Burma was never a country but a group of kingdoms. Kachin people had their own kingdom for centuries. Currently, 40% of the population of Burma are minorities and 60% are Burman. American Baptists brought Christianity to Burma in the early nineteenth century.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report on Christian persecution in Myanmar. They concluded that Christians in Burma at the hands of Buddhist nationalists are facing:

  • Discrimination in employment
  • Forced conversions
  • Violence and desecration of churches in their communities.
  • Mass displacement from their lands.
  • More than 300 Christian churches have been destroyed in Burma’s Kachin state, where the country’s Christian population is concentrated.
  • Hundreds and thousands of civilians, mostly Christian, have fled and sought refuge from the onslaught.
  • Most of the refugees in the United States are Christian survivors of persecution. 

Now the Burmese military has warned the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) to halt humanitarian work for the displaced people.

Latest News

The latest Kachin news gathered from all over the web.

Projects Approved by Previous Gov’t Should Not Be Abolished: State Counselor

By Htet Naing Zaw 23 January 2019 KALAY—Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said no investor would trust in Myanmar if a new government abolishes projects approved by its predecessor just because they do not comply with its policies. Her c...

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Public Demands Transparency in Forced Resignation of Kachin Ministers

Kachin State Chief Minister U Khet Aung at an awards ceremony honoring students who passed their matriculation exams with distinction in November 2018. / Kachin State Government Office / Facebook By Nan Lwin 22 January 2019 YANGON—More than three d...

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The Education System and National Reconciliation

Schoolchildren smile for the camera at a school in Panghsan, the capital of the ethnic Wa Region in northern Shan State, in 2015. / The Irrawaddy By Kyaw Htut Aung 19 January 2019 A couple of years ago, I took an IELTS test in Yangon. The test was ch...

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China's diplomatic shield has a price for Myanmar

China's diplomatic shield has a price for Myanmar Beijing warns that investment will halt unless Myitsone Dam project is restarted In this file photo Yangon chief minister Phyo Min Thein (third right) and Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang (fou...

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The Education System and National Reconciliation

Schoolchildren smile for the camera at a school in Panghsan, the capital of the ethnic Wa Region in northern Shan State, in 2015. / The Irrawaddy By Kyaw Htut Aung 19 January 2019 A couple of years ago, I took an IELTS test in Yangon. The test was ch...

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AA Must Give Up Goal of Confederation: Myanmar Military

(From left to right) Major-General Tun Tun Nyi, Major-General Soe Naing Oo and Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun of the Tatmadaw’s True News Information Team hold a press conference on the current situation in Rakhine State and the peace process, in Na...

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Four Years on, Justice Yet to be Found for Kachin Teachers Raped and Murdered

A page from Kachin Women’s Peace Network, sharing the message of the KBC leader to join the memorial service in Kaung Ka village on Saturday. / Kachin Women Peace Network / Facebook By Nyein Nyein 18 January 2019 Justice is yet to be found in the c...

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Exile Group Declares ‘Independence’ for Kachin State

By Lawi Weng 18 January 2019 The Kachin National Organization (KNO), a Kachin exile group, ended its conference in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand early this week with an announcement declaring Kachin to be an independent country. Over 200 Kachin commu...

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Chinese Envoy Urges Northern Alliance Leaders to Talk Peace

By Lawi Weng 14 January 2019 Chinese Special Envoy for Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang visited the Kachin Independence Organization’s headquarters in Laiza last week, where he met with leaders of the Northern Alliance. Hundreds of ethnic Kachin, includi...

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KNU Likely to Rejoin Formal Peace Talks

Members of the KNU and the government’s Peace Commission meet for informal peace talks in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 13, 2019. / Nyein Nyein / The Irrawaddy By Nyein Nyein 14 January 2019 CHIANG MAI, Thailand—Myanmar government peace negotia...

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Myitsone dam, the Chinese ambassador and the Kachin people

Following the Chinese ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang’s Myitkyina visit that took place from 28 to 29 December 2018, where he met leaders of political parties and social organizations in Kachin State, news have been making the rounds that the amba...

Burma News


For displaced Kachins, a bloodless Christmas was a bonus

For displaced Kachins, a bloodless Christmas was a bonus Thousands of IDPs stuck in Myanmar camps with no end in sight to military's war with KIA despite talks with ethnic militias A Catholic man from Myanmar wearing a Kachin Independence Army flag s...

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The Causes and Likely Effects of the Arakan Army’s Attacks

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the possible effects of the armed group’s deadly Jan. 4 attacks on both the domestic and regional security situations. By The Irrawaddy 12 January 2019 Ye Ni: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll disc...

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Myanmar cracking down on opium, but conflicts fuel drug trade

Women in an opium poppy field in South Shan, Myanmar [UN Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific/Al Jazeera] The amount of land being used to grow opium poppies continues to decline in Myanmar, but ongoing conflic...

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Gov’t Office Minister Urges GAD Officials to Serve the Public with Transparency

U Min Thu, minister for the Office of the Union Government, meets with staff from the General Administration Department in Myitkyina, Kachin State on Jan. 9, 2019. / Ministry of Information By The Irrawaddy 10 January 2019 YANGON—U Min Thu, ministe...

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Concern Mounts for IDPs in Northern Rakhine as Army Blocks Aid Shipments

By Moe Myint 9 January 2019 YANGON—More than 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in four townships in northern Rakhine State are without adequate shelter, and the Army is blocking food shipments to them, according to local relief groups. U Kh...

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Analysis: Behind the Threats and Warnings of Chinese Ambassador’s Kachin Visit

By Nan Lwin 9 January 2019 YANGON— When an invitation for meetings with Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang “to discuss the current situation in Kachin State” arrived at their offices in the Kachin capital of Myitkyina in early December, t...

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Over 200 villagers march to demand the abolishment of Hkakhaburazi National Park

Over 200 local villagers organized a protest at the peak of Waiphi Mountain in Pannandin township, northern Kachin State, on December 21, 2018, calling for the abolishment of the National Park of Hkakhaburazi and an end to oppressive park regulations...

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ARAKAN CONFLICT: The Arakan Army assertiveness or an act of self-defense?

The January 4 deadly early morning raids of the four police outposts by the Arakan Army (AA) that inflicted heavy causality to the police forces, coinciding with the 71st Burma or Myanmar independence day, is a stark reminder that civil war is still ...

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Analysis: Arakan Army - A Powerful New Threat to the Tatmadaw

AA leader Maj-Gen Tun Myat Naing (second right) attends an ethnic armed organizations peace conference in Kachin State in July 2016. / The Irrawaddy By The Irrawaddy 8 January 2019 YANGON—More than nine years after it was formed by 26 Arakanese (Ra...

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative—A Bargaining Chip for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

tate Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (center) and military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (right) arrive at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw on March 30, 2016. / Reuters By Joe Kumbun 8 January 2019 Years after the launch of China’s Belt a...

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Tatmadaw’s repatriation of Kachin IDPs another good will gesture?

Just as the the Military or Tatmadaw’s peace initiative in the form of unilateral ceasefire covering five military commands seems to be going down the drain, as the Northern Alliance – Burma (NA-B) rejected the partial Tatmadaw’s overtures if i...

Burma News


Analysis: The Year Ahead Elicits a Mix of Pessimism, Optimism

By San Yamin Aung 7 January 2019 YANGON—Will 2019 be a good or bad year for Myanmar? Given the unexpected problems and struggles that have cropped up in recent years—like the Rakhine conflict and the resulting crisis on the international stage, t...

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China Pushes To Restart Myitsone Dam

After heavily investing in the Myitsone Dam, China re-engages discussions about resuming construction of the project stalled for many years. The Chinese ambassador for Burma pressed to restart a contentious hydro-power dam project during a recent mee...

Burma News


The Tatmadaw Makes a Bold Move

By The Irrawaddy 5 January 2019 Kyaw Kha: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss the Tatmadaw’s four-month-long ceasefire. I’m The Irrawaddy’s chief reporter Kyaw Kha, and I’m joined by Thayninga Institute executive directo...

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Tatmadaw denies fighting with TNLA

Brig. Gen. Zaw Lin Tun, Deputy Director of Public Relations and Psychological Warfare, said that they did not fight with Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) troops after December 21, denying a statement issued by TNLA. “After issuing our state...

Burma News


Northern Alliance Demands Ceasefire Covers Rakhine State

By Lawi Weng 28 December 2018 If the Myanmar Army (or Tamadaw) do not stop fighting in Rakhine State, the Northern Alliance also will refuse to adhere to the ceasefire conditions in northern and northeastern Myanmar’s conflict zones, according to a...

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Why the Military Has Declared a Unilateral Ceasefire

By Joe Kumbun 25 December 2018 In a surprise move on Friday, the Myanmar military declared a unilateral four-month ceasefire, its first ever. This after it failed to heed an order from then-President Thein Sein to stop its offensive against the Kachi...

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Analysis: Four-Month Ceasefire Prompts Cautious Optimism

Myanmar military chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing (center) and other senior military officials arrive for the third Union Peace Conference in Naypyitaw in July, 2018. / The Irrawaddy By The Irrawaddy 24 December 2018 Positive news came at the end of the...

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