China Urged to Help Conflict-Displaced People from Burma
09 October 2011: A cohort of US-based four ethnic nationalities from Burma launched an appeal on Friday, urging the Chinese government to provide humanitarian assistance to Kachin refugees stranded along the China-Burma border.
The joint statement signed by a group of Chin, Kachin, Karen and Shan representatives said China, a major political and economic ally of Burma, has blocked the border crossings against tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the ongoing military offensives by Thein Sein-led government.
“As a result of the military attacks, thousands of internally displaced persons have tried to flee to the neighboring country of China but they are still stranded without any humanitarian assistance on the border between Burma and China,” added the statement.
On Friday, the ethnic nationalities based in the US including the Chins joined the global Kachin protest against the ongoing ‘armed conflict’ between Burma Army soldiers and Kachin Independence Army.
A recent report by KWAT (Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand) revealed that over 25,000 people in Kachin State have been internally displaced, and 37 women and girls raped since 9 June when the conflict started.
However, China has since not only turned a blind eye to the desperate situation caused in connection with its invested dam projects in Kachin State but also prevented conflict-displaced people from seeking refuge inside its territory.
The statement also called on the Chinese government to allow people fleeing from Kachin, Shan and Karen States to take refuge and to stop supporting Burma’s government as well as its investment until the restoration of genuine democracy in the country.
Van Biak Thang