Villagers fleeing conflicts in need of humanitarian aid
27 April 2015 — Chin villagers fleeing conflicts between the Burma Army and Arakan Army are still hiding and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Hundreds of residents in villages near the Arakan-Chin border, who have fled the clashes occuring in March and April, fear to return home, according to the Khumi Media Group.
More than 320 people from Pyin-so village alone have been taking temporary shelters in nearby villages and farms, and receiving no humanitarian aid, the KMG said.
Last week, the Burma Army authorities at checkpoints did not permit a group of aid workers from Kyauktaw Township, Arakan State to deliver aid to villagers displaced by the conflicts.
A Pyin-so resident told the KMG: “Although some are staying with friends and relatives, it is getting difficult for them and for the host families.”
“Some locals think about leaving their villages for good as they are afraid to go back. They left all their belongings including rice and domestic animals.”
On 21 April, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported clashes between the two parties and the arrest of two soldiers with weapons and other ammunition in Arakan State.
Fire exchanges between the two armies began early last month, according to media reports.#