Displaced Civilians Weigh in On War and Peace in Kachin State

LAIZA, Kachin State — Sitting outside her bamboo shelter in the Je Yang camp for displaced civilians, Kaw Hpang, 61, cannot forget the day she was attacked by government soldiers.

“I lost everything,” says the 61-year-old, an ethnic Kachin woman who fled her home in Nam San Yang village, Waimaw Township, in June 2011. Since then, she has lived in this camp near the town of Laiza, a stronghold for Kachin rebels. “I lost my home, my land and my garden. I can’t control my mind when I recall this memory. I want to cry every time I talk about it.”….(…)

The Irrawaddy, November 4, 2013

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