SHAN STATE – In Nawnghkio Township, northern Shan State, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) cannot return to their homes due to safety concerns, despite the fighting having stopped, according to the residents.
The clashes that occurred in early April ceased at the end of April, but civilians have been unable to return to their homes, according to a volunteer helping IDPs.
“Fighting has stopped for a few days, but we cannot be sure about the military situation. We are worried about being trapped if the fighting resumes. The situation is not safe enough to go home, and they (IDPs) are also afraid,” he said.
The clashes in April killed four civilians, including a one-month-old child and a 14-year-old child. Over 6,000 civilians from around 20 villages are fleeing to nearby IDP camps and towns.
A source close to the Mandalay PDF stated that IDPs should not return home even though the fighting has stopped, as both PDF and junta sides are still assessing the situation.
According to the April 23 statement from the Mandalay PDF, over 100 junta troops were killed, including Lieutenant Colonel Myat Min Tun from Infantry Battalion (IB)-147 and two company commanders, during the battles.