KACHIN STATE – AKSF (All Kachin Students’ Federation) released a statement on June 9, the 12th anniversary of the reemergence of battles in Kachin State that the organizations with a shared aim for self-determination need to fight together.
AKSF also urged the international organizations to directly help Kachin IDPs, and the junta regime to release all unjustly abducted political prisoners without exception.
Mr. La Htaw Zau Htang, the vice-chairman of AKSF said that battles can break out anytime as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is revolting against the junta.
He also said, “Civilians are always alert and prepared. Things are especially more serious in our Kachin State and the situation can change anytime. The people are always alert for battles as this is the reemergence of battles after a decade. They stay alert although they don’t know what will happen and when it will happen.”
The junta council forced IDPs to return home without guaranteeing their safety in order to spread propaganda that the region is peaceful and as a result, the IDPs are facing many difficulties.
AKSF also mentioned that IDPs’ living conditions have become more difficult and are facing high safety risks after the junta council staged the coup.
Mr. La Htaw Zau Htang added, “The IDPs have been displaced for 12 years and the situation is terrible. There were only displaced people in Kachin State previously but now there are IDPs all over Myanmar. So the conditions have become more difficult. The financial situation has also budget become difficult but we have to remain strong and try hard because there will be more battles we don’t know yet where this journey will lead us.”
Colonel Naw Bu from KIO/KIA had also said to be prepared for more difficulties as displaced people when considering the revolution as independece is not yet achieved.
“They have been displaced for 12 years now because of battles. No one can gurantee that there will be no more battles. I’d like to advise those in the KIO controlled areas to return home and prioritize farming before rebuilding homes because there are difficulties in every area due to the extended period of time fleeing from conflicts,” Colonel Naw Bu said in an interview.