Kachin Crisis
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The war in Kachin state has been ongoing for over two years now and the U.S. government continues to refuse aid to the Kachin IDPs. Tell USAID to urgently provie lifesaving aid to all Kachin IDPs today!


“I asked my mum to run, because the Burmese soldiers were coming, but she wouldn’t come with me. I heard three loud gunshots but kept running. When I came back to find her she had a big hole in her chest and her legs were broken.”
- Brang Shawng, a 12 year old Kachin boy is now an orphan after his mother was brutally murdered by Burmese soldiers in Bhamo, Kachin State.

Sadly, stories similar to Brang Shawng’s continue to emerge everyday, highlighting the atrocities currently faced by the Kachin people in Northern Burma. It has been three years since the Burmese Army broke a 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Organization, leading to the death of countless innocent civilians and the displacement of over 100,000 people in Kachin State, and despite multiple peace talks and superficial ceasefire agreements, fighting and abuse continues unabated.

As the world looks upon the reforms in Burma as a catalyst for democracy and rewards the Burmese regime by lifting sanctions, the Burmese Army continues to commit egregious human rights abuses against the Kachin people. Living in constant fear of assault by Burmese soldiers, the Kachin people have been subjected to forced portering, use as human landmine shields and landmine sweepers, rape, torture, extrajudicial killings, disappearance, forced relocation, and the destruction and confiscation of food and property.

The situation in Kachin state is rapidly deteriorating and the Kachin people desperately need our help.

Joint Kachin letter to President Obama calling to renew the gem ban

KNO Letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Kachin organizations' invitation to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Kachin state



conflictmaplearn Conflict Map

Our interactive conflict map shows where ongoing fighting and abuses are happening.This by no means represents all the cases that have happened, but just those incidences made public and in English.


kwatongoingimpunity Ongoing Impunity: Continued Burma Army Atrocities against the Kachin people

by Kachin Women's Association Thailand – June 2012. This report provides an update of atrocities committed by the Burma Amy against civilians since it broke its 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) one year ago. It highlights the particular suffering of women during the conflict, who have been forced to be porters, used as sex slakes, gang-raped and killed.


hrwkachinreport Untold Miseries

by Human Rights Watch – March 2012. This report describes how the Burmese army has attacked Kachin villages, razed homes, pillaged properties, and forced the displacement of tens of thousands of people. Soldiers have threatened and tortured civilians during interrogations and raped women. The army has also used antipersonnel mines and conscripted forced laborers, including children as young as 14, on the front lines.


phrkachin Under Siege in Kachin State

by Physicians for Human Rights – November 2011. In September 2011, PHR conducted an investigation in Burma’s Kachin State in response to reports of grave human rights violations in the region. PHR found that between June and September 2011, the Burmese army looted food from civilians, fired indiscriminately into villages, threatened villages with attacks, and used civilians as porters and human minesweepers.


partnersreport Crimes in Northern Burma

by Partners Relief and Development – November 2011. The results from this fact-finding mission to Kachin State reveal evidence of crimes that potentially amount to war crimes, perpetrated by the Burma Army against ethnic Kachin civilians and their properties in October 2011.