KARENNI STATE – There has been no donor group coming to donate food until now and medicine is also needed for healthcare at the Pon Chaung refugee camp in the Shartaw Township, according to the refugees.
One of the refugees said that it is difficult for IDP assistance groups on the ground, and there are many difficulties for those who are fleeing the war.
“There is no main support group in Shartaw for the displaced people. Internally displaced people (IDPs) were in Pon Chaung Village only in Shartaw Township. There is no such thing as IDP assistance. They have difficulties with healthcare due to difficult traveling. Even though they are avoiding the war, they are still working,” said a refugee.
A person close to the refugees said that there is a delay when going to help the refugees because there is a military council camp near the Pon Chaung refugee camp.
“There are Kayah and Burmese people in Pon Chaung, and the Kayah people evaded to the upper side and the Burmese people evaded to the lower part of the village, but I have never been to a group that evaded to the lower part of the village. I have only been near to the Kayah people on the upper side. There is a military council camp in Pon Chaung Village,” he said.
At the Pon Chaung refugee camp, there are some locals who can no longer stay in Shartaw Township due to the fighting, as well as locals of Pon Chaung Village and they have been fleeing the war for more than two years. Currently, there are 201 refugees in the camp and a total of 45 households.