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Myanmar seeks to close camps for people displaced by conflict

MANDALAY (UCAN): With no major clashes between government forces and rebels in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State for the past year, moves are afoot to resettle large numbers of displaced civilians. Preparations include direct discussions between Christian leaders and government officials.
 
More than 120,00 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been living in 169 camps in Kachin and neighbouring Northern Shan State since 2011 when a 17-year ceasefire broke down. Thirty-seven per cent of the camps are in areas beyond government control.

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More mass graves reported in Rakhine

DHAKA and MANDALAY (UCAN): Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have reacted with anger and dismay to a February 1 report from the Associated Press (AP) that said mass graves had been found at Gu Dar Pyin village in Buthidaung township in northern Rakhine State. The detailed report alleged that Buddhist neighbours allegedly assisted the military in carrying out the massacre. 
 

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Possession is paramount

MANDALAY (UCAN): The government of the Union of Myanmar announced at the end of October that it will harvest the farmlands abandoned by the Rohingya people who have been forced to flee the violence mostly perpetrated by the military in Maungdaw, the Rakhine State, but did not release any plan to compensate the owners or use any of the proceeds to help them.
 

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