Communities provide relief aid to Paletwa conflict-victims
11 July 2015 — Paletwa Khumi communities in the US, Malaysia and Singapore contributed funds towards helping villages displaced by clashes between the Burma Army and the Arakan Army.
According to the Khumi Media Group, members of a community-based committee gave a total amount of 3,000,000 kyats (around 3,000 US dollars) to the villagers on Tuesday.
Peter Lawilu, a KMG editor, told the Chinland Guardian that the victims were very happy to have received the contribution, adding: “They are encouraged as they know they are not forgotten.”
There are more than 350 Khumi Chin IDPs (internally displaced persons) who are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to the Chin Human Rights Organization.
Lawilu said: “Most of the victims are now in the outskirts of Laungtin village. They are gradually getting used to their new place but are still struggling as the rainy reason has already started. They are in need of our help.”
He added that the villagers were not dependent only on humanitarian assistance and that they tried to find ways to support themselves in every possible way, adding: “They also build makeshift schools to teach their children.”
A Khumi community leader, who asks not to be named, said that officials from government departments had visited and made some donations.
“However, we haven’t heard much about Chin communities, churches and organizations providing assistance to the victims, their Chin fellows,” he added.
According to the Khumi community, Burma Army soldiers are still at the village of Pyin So, whose residents had fled following the attacks late March this year by the Arakan Army.
The community called on the Chin State government to provide necessary humanitarian assistance and find long-term solutions to problems facing the conflict-victims in Paletwa township.#