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IDPs in Shan State still can’t return home

Myitmakha News Agency

Tachileik, February 3 – over 1,700 internally displaced people (IDPs) in southern Shan State are still not in a position whereby they can return to their homes after armed conflict between the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) and the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) which in now into its five month, according to the a southern Shan State youth network.

“The main reason why they are unable to return home is because there is no food for them when back in their villages. Their stored supplies of rice and corn were all grabbed by the Tatmadaw. Their homes have been destroyed too,” said Ko Phoe Thar, from the southern Shan State youth network.

He added, “Most ethnic groups of the Lahu, Pa Laung and Le Shaw from the armed conflict affected area took refuge at three refugee camps near Heik Par village. When some took a trip back to their village to inspection the damage, they found some home destroyed and their livestock slaughtered.”

“There is the danger of land mine. And Myanmar army ban the villagers going back the village so that they dare not go back”, said by a donor.

The majority of IDPs at the three aforementioned IDPs camps are from the villages of Tar San Phoo, Nant Par Mu, Naung Khit, Kone Nin, Pa Laung villges and Li Shaw, and it is known that are currently in need of food provisions.

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