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.
The latest Kachin news gathered from all over the web.
Federal Union Won’t Be Built with Guns: Rakhine Parliament Speaker
Despite possessing abundant natural gas and other resources, and the presence of foreign investment projects like the Kyaukphyu Deep Sea Port, Rakhine State remains the second-poorest in the country after Chin State. Worse, it is riven by ethno-relig...
Flood Victims in Burma’s North Short on Food
Flooding along a stretch of the Irrawaddy River from Myitkyina to Mandalay has left many struggling to find food and shelter. Towns and cities along the upper reaches of the Irrawaddy River, from the Kachin State capital Myitkyina to Thabeikkyin in M...
Kachin Woman’s Murder Shocks Remote Shan State Village
The murder of Nhkum Nang Htang has alarmed villagers and provoked demands for justice from civil society organizations. Calls for justice are growing in the case of a Kachin woman who was brutally murdered in her home last week after Burmese soldiers...
Mon Unity Party allowed to be registered as official political party
The Union Election Commission (UEC) issued an announcement about the registration of the Mon Unity Party (MUP) which sees the merger of two powerful regional parties in Mon State to be registered as official political party. MUP spokesman Nai San Tin...
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Military’s Ceasefire Draft Demands Revealed
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) must offer up troop numbers and lists of the weapons in their possession to the Myanmar military and the Union government as part of a propoed ceasefire agreement drafted by the military, local sources tell The Irra...
Northern Alliance, Gov’t Expected to Meet at End of July
The meeting will be the first between the two sides since April 30. Representatives of four non-ceasefire ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) based in northern Burma are expected to meet with the government at the end of July to discuss the possibility...
An anonymous KIO official compares the current government’s negotiation style to that of the Ne Win regime.
The Burmese government has demanded that the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) provide an inventory list of its weapons, as well as disclosure of its total number of troops, an anonymous KIO official told KNG. The deadline for providing the info...
Ignoring Ethnic Parties will Hurt NLD in 2020
An ethnic Kayan woman wearing a National League for Democracy (NLD) sticker with an image of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, waits for Suu Kyi's arrival during the latter's campaign for the then-upcoming general election, in Demoso, Ka...
Farmer Wounded by Landmine Blast in Northern Shan State
A farmer was wounded by a landmine blast Wednesday in Kutkai Township, in northern Shan State, local sources have told The Irrawaddy. Lom Zel was working on his paddy farm when the blast went off. Zahkung Ja Naw of the Kachin Youth Organization in Ku...
KNO: UNODC Should Support Kachin Community’s Anti-Drug Efforts
The UN agency’s recent findings suggested that they ‘hadn’t worked together with local people,’ the KNO secretary says. The Kachin National Organization (KNO) has urged the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to participate in an...
Kachin State Govt Permits Gold Mining in Three Townships
The move is to counter illegal mining, a state minister says. The Kachin State government will allow small-scale gold mining in three townships in Kachin State, in the fifth round of permits granted on Tuesday. Gold extraction will be allowed in Shwe...
The current unilateral ceasefire does not cover Rakhine State.
Officials in the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and Kachin politicians have said that the Burma Army should declare a unilateral ceasefire nationwide rather than in only five command regions, in the interest of moving the peace process forwar...
Kachin Youth Brought to Court on Charges of Violating Peaceful Assembly Law
Police filed charges for their commemoration of the eighth year of war in Kachin State. Two youth appeared in court in Myitkyina on Thursday after being charged with violating the Peaceful Assembly Law’s Article 19 for their street performance held...
Master Plan Prepared For Chinese-Backed Kachin Economic Zone: State Minister
Kachin State Minister for Finance, Revenue, Planning and Economic Development U Wai Lin (middle) speaks at a press conference on Friday in Myitkyina. / / Htoi Awng By Nan Lwin 8 July 2019 YANGON—A Kachin State minister said a master plan for a plan...
Tanai Amber Mines to be Re-Opened to Locals
Investors can apply for permission to mine, with priority given to locals, Kachin State’s natural resources and environment minister says. The Kachin State government announced this week that it had presidential permission to re-open nearly 7,000 a...
Relocated IDPs Call for Better Conditions in Unofficial Camp
Residents of the unregistered Pangmati IDP camp in Myitkyina say they want same level of support as other camps. Residents of an unofficial camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina are calling on the authorit...
Ministry for Immigration and Human Resources Formed in Mon State
The formation follows similar moves in Chin and Kachin states and various regions. The Mon State parliament approved the formation of the Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources in the state on Tuesday. Parliamentarian Min Htin Aung Han, from Maw...
Consolidation of Prominent Kachin Parties Aspire to Form Coalition Govt in 2020
Gumgrawng Awng Hkam, central executive member and vice president of Kachin State People’s Party at his home in Myitkyina, Kachin State on July 3, 2019. / Htoi Awng By Nan Lwin 3 July 2019 Homegrown political parties in Myanmar’s ethnic areas are ...
China-Backed Venture Proposes $800M Development Near Kyaukphyu Seaport
YANGON—A Chinese petrochemical giant and a Myanmar firm have jointly proposed to the Rakhine State government the development of nearly US$800 million (1.21 trillion kyats) worth of projects near the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ)’s deep s...
KIO, UNODC Present Conflicting Data on Opium Cultivation in Kachin State
The KIO says there is double the opium being cultivated in Kachin State than what the UNODC reported—and that it is happening in areas controlled by the military. Of the more than 10,000 hectares of opium poppy plantations in Kachin and northern Sh...
NRPC meets with four armed groups
Delegation of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center holds talk with Kachin Independence Organization, Myanmar National Truth and Justice Party , Palaung State Liberation Front , and United League of Arakan in Mongla yesterday. Photo: MNA A del...
Military Extends Ceasefire by 2 Months, Rakhine Still Excluded
NAYPYITAW—The Myanmar Army, or Tatmadaw, has extended its unilateral ceasefire across five regional commands in Kachin and Shan states for two more months, concluding on August 31. This is the second time the military has extended its unilateral ce...
Military’s Draft Peace Deal Demands Retreat of Northern Alliance Troops
All ethnic armed group members of the Northern Alliance would be ordered by the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, to return to their original bases as part of their proposed ceasefire agreement, a TNLA member has announced. At peace talks held on the si...
Mu Ai’s New Set Menus Let Diners Sample a Range of Authentic Kachin Flavors
Mu Ai, a Kachin eatery serving authentic ethnic fare, this month launched two new set menus in response to customers’ requests that the chef create some combination meals offering a sampling of Kachin dishes. In March, three-year-old Mu Ai (the nam...
KIO: Opium Poppies Cover Twice as Much Land as UN Reported
According to the KIO, most of Kachin State’s poppy plantations are located in areas under the control of military-backed PMFs or the BGF. There is double the amount of opium poppy cultivation in Kachin State as was previously documented by the UN O...
Myitsone Dam Safe, Chinese Company Assures Kachin Lawmakers
YANGON—The Chinese state-owned company behind the controversial Myitsone hydropower project in Kachin State last week tried to assure state lawmakers that the suspended mega dam on Myanmar’s lifeline Irrawaddy River would not collapse despite its...
BURMA’S CIVIL WAR IN ARAKAN: Achieving military victory through crime against humanity?
Burma or Myanmar ethnic conflict wars are fought by the military or Tatmadaw using coded colors. White is an insurgent free government control area; brown a contestant territory; and black no-man’s land or free-fire zone. The northern part of Araka...
EU Ambassador: Kachin IDPs Should Only Return Home With Security Guarantee
‘It's impossible to go back home to places where conflict is still happening,’ Kristian Schmidt told reporters in Myitkyina. Internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kachin State should return to their homes when they receive guarantees that their b...
How to Read a WEIRD Evidence-Based Yangon Consultancy Report
Yangon’s INGOs are full of consultancy reports which offer “professional” opinions about conditions in Myanmar. NGOs, INGOS, and UN agencies investigate transitions regarding democracy, environment, federalism, ethnicity and, of course, gender....
Police Officer Who Charged IDP Protesters Appears in Court
The case involves two Kachin youths accused of illegal assembly for a protest aimed at calling attention to the plight of war-displaced civilians. The police officer who charged two Kachin youths with violating Section 19 of Burma’s Peaceful Assemb...
More Than 220 Flee Homes in Shan State
YANGON—Over 220 people from four villages in rural parts of Kutkai Township, in northern Shan State, have fled their homes following military tensions between the Tatmadaw (or Myanmar Army) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). Locals s...
New Ethnic Alliance Aims to Present ‘Common Voice’ for Rights in Burma
Formed in Washington, D.C., the network has representatives from the Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Mon, Rakhine and Shan communities. Representatives from six ethnic nationalities formed the Nationalities Alliance (Burma) in Washington, D.C. in the United ...