Kachin

The old house of IDP in Kachin in grass bush
People displaced by conflict in Kachin State want to return in safety to their land of origin, yet much of their land is being appropriated by a range of actors, with littleaccountability. Legal or administrative procedures are being used in a way that undermines the rights of those displaced by...
Ja Bawk & Ja Ring Aung, making traditional hats
Written by Dustin Barter and Nhkum Naw Mai/ Oxfam in Myanmar Displaced people in Kachin lost not only all their belongings, they left behind their most important economic asset – their land. Displaced people are predominantly from agricultural backgrounds. They now live in urban camps, and with no...
Bawk Nu Aung's portrait photo in the IDP camp
Written by Dustin Barter and Nhkum Naw Mai, Oxfam in Myanmar “At first, I just learnt about peace from NSEN (NDI). I didn’t have that much confidence to speak out. People said I couldn’t speak about peace because I didn’t know. Now, I talk about peace and other issues with them. They learn and we...
Author: Nhkum Naw Mai and Dustin Barter, Durable Peace Programme, Oxfam in Myanmar Awakening to the sounds of fighter jets and helicopters, it was not long before Awng Ra villagers joined the over 100,000 people displaced in Kachin, as the conflict between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Kachin...
Nhkum Kai Tang preparing bottles of soap
Author: Nhkum Naw Mai and Dustin Barter, Durable Peace Programme, Oxfam in Myanmar “Fighting broke out nearby in 2011 and we had to flee – a soldier died near us and then we moved here. On the day of fighting, we fled quickly; we had to run. We came here on a boat. I had a baby at that...
IDP camp in Kachin State
Duncan Green, Oxfam’s Senior Strategic Advisor reflects on power and politics from an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp in Myitkyina, the Kachin state capital...
Participants in the Social Accountability Programming in Conflict settings workshop
'Long-running contestation over the right to govern territory or exercise decision-making lies at the heart of many of the conflicts in Myanmar’s ethnic areas. Myanmar has a diverse governance landscape with ethnic armed groups providing service delivery and administrative systems or...
'Roi Tsun (left) with other durable solution trainees, Photo by: Dustin Barter/ Oxfam
Author: Dustin Barter, MEAL and Communications Adviser, Durable Peace Programme, Oxfam in Myanmar It’s 2011. Civil war between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Kachin Independence Army has resumed following a 17-year ceasefire. Will it reach your doorstep? If so, when? For some, it’s a...
An IDP woman participating in survey for DPP Baseline report, Photo by: Dustin Barter/ Oxfam
Executive Summary The topics of this baseline survey and report are guided by the activities of the programme that it forms a part of, namely the Durable Peace Programme (DPP). As the DPP delivers a broad range of activities, this report also covers many topics, outlined in the table of contents...
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