Kachin Aid Group Halts Humanitarian Work After Threat by Myanmar Army

An evangelical Christian organization based in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state has stopped its humanitarian work in areas controlled by an ethnic armed group in the conflict-ridden region after the Myanmar military warned that it would take action against it for associating with an illegal entity. The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), headquartered in the state capital Myitkyina, has helped civilians displaced by fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Myanmar forces since hostilities resumed in 2011 following the breakdown of a 17-year bilateral peace accord. A surge in the clashes this year in the long-running civil war between the KIA and Myanmar army has displaced more than 7,400 civilians in Hpakant, Tanaing, and Injangyang townships since early April, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs...............

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