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More displaced as fighting erupts anew in Myanmar

MANDALAY (UCAN): About 1,000 people have fled their homes and taken refuge at religious sites as renewed fighting erupted in Myanmar’s Shan State.
 
Aid workers said that more than 300 people were sheltering at a Catholic church in a village in Hsenwi township on August 19, while 700 people were at Mansu Shan Buddhist monastery in the town of Lashio.
 

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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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