KACHIN STATE – The displaced people of Zup Ja Village who fled to Mai Khao Village due to clashes in the area since 2013 are returning home starting last May 10.
The returnees reportedly need farming equipment since it is time to grow crops and start to work on the farms in this rainy season, stated a local.
Most people of Zup Ja Village fled and lived in the Mai Khao Refugee Camp for over 9 years and returned home now after informing the respective authorities of the village.
Despite the ongoing clashes all over the country and not being safe to return home yet, some locals went back home.
A local returning home stated her struggles like this, “A total of 75 families have returned home to Zup Ja Village. Returning home after nine years since they left, they are currently facing drinking water scarcity as the village has only one (water) well. And it is also reported that the villagers had to clear the unexploded ordnance by themselves after they returned home.”
Last March, the junta troops from Mai Khao reportedly had a clash against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) near Zup Ja Village.