About 4000 Kachin IDPs who have been forced to flee from Zai Awng and Mungga Zup IDP camps in the last week of December 2016 attempted to cross Chinese side of the border on January 11 at around 4:00 a.m.
The IDPs have been living by the roadside between Zai Awng and Hkau Shau and a small village called Lungbyen in the past weeks. They fled again this morning due to increasing sound of artillery fire and the battles getting closer to their temporary shelters.
Aid workers said local Chinese authorities told Kachin IDPs to return to the Kachin State. Some IDPs were reported to get kicked by Chinese authorities for crossing the border.
Joint Strategy Team (JST), which comprised of major local aid organizations, said in a statement that “the Chinese security forces have been checking and processing the IDPs who crossed into China.”
JST also said, “The situation has been extremely chaotic and precarious. The IDPs are deeply shaken by the experience, and having been forced to relocate several times, they are completely weary. Some elderly IDPs with health problems, such as high blood pressure, are particularly bearing the brunt of the hardship. As they had to flee in urgency, they were not able to bring much with them, including medicines and food.”