MEDIA RELEASE: UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Renata Dessallien’s visit to Kachin State
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ms. Renata Dessallien, visited Kachin State from 7-9 May 2017 to meet with people displaced by armed conflict, senior Government officials, civil society organizations and humanitarian partners.
Ms. Dessallien met with U Khat Aung, Chief Minister of Kachin State as well as representatives of humanitarian and other organizations including the Joint Strategy Team (JST) to discuss the humanitarian and development needs of all communities in Kachin State.
The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator also visited the Pa La Na IDP Resettlement Site and the Maina RC and Maina KBC IDP Camps to see first-hand, the impact of the conflict on vulnerable communities. She also observed a programme implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) using mobile cash transfers for humanitarian assistance for displaced people in Myitkyina and visited a Women and Girls Centre managed by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
In Kachin State, as a result of the armed conflict that restarted in 2011, about 86,000 people remain displaced in 141 camps/sites, of which about 77 percent are women and children. More than 40 per cent of the displaced people are located in areas beyond Government control where international actors have limited humanitarian access but where local humanitarian organizations continue to be able to operate, despite increasing constraints.
During December 2016 and January 2017, three entire camps housing more than 6,000 people in areas beyond Government control in Kachin were emptied as a result of fighting nearby and these people are now sheltering in temporary sites or other IDP camps, some of which are in Government controlled areas. With fluid front lines and so many people on the move in conflict areas, there are serious risks posed by landmines.